1 Samuel 3:7 AMP: Now Samuel did not yet know [or personally experience] the Lord , and the word of the Lord was not yet revealed [directly] to him.
My dear friend in Christ, the personal experience of Christ is one critical aspect of our faith that we all must desire to have in our lifetime. Many are carried away by the general experience of Him and even feel contented. But I bring you goodnews today. He wants you to have a personal experience of Him. You are unique to Him and as such, your experience of Him will be different from another person’s experience of Him. He wants to show you a dimension of Himself in a unique way.
Samuel in our text today only had a general experience of God and so couldn’t recognize His voice when He called out to Him. The Lord God came and stood nearby and called out to him. What a loving father God is. He called Him in a gentle and loving way. Sometimes we expect God to thunder His voice down from heaven in a spectacular way. This should not be your expectation. Open your heart to hear from Him.
You need to first believe that it is a reality that God will talk to you. If you don’t believe, you are closing the door to your personal experience with God. Through conversations, he will bring you into a deeper experience of Him by the things He will say to you and even ask you to do. This experience will cement your faith such that whatever happens, you will always stand to declare that God is God.
I encourage you to ask the Lord to speak to you and bring you into a personal experience of Him. Secondly, ask Him to help you respond to Him whenever He reaches out to you. Finally, don’t allow your mind to be always occupied with the worries of this life otherwise it will choke the word of God from reaching out to you and you won’t even know God is calling. Shalom.
Declare to yourself loud: I will answer when you call.
1. Heavenly Father, speak to me and take me into a deeper experience of you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
2. Please add your personal intentions.
1 Samuel 3:1-11 (AMP)
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