The Call of Samuel
Former Teacher and Academic Dean,
The outworking of the call of God upon Samuel's life included
a process by which he learned to recognize the voice of the
Lord. This required that he be both willing and teachable.
Today, the Lord is seeking a people with a willing heart
that desire to know His voice. "THY PEOPLE SHALL BE WILLING
in the day of thy power," Psalm110.3a. This is again
expressed in Isaiah 1:19, "If ye be willing and obedient,
ye shall eat the good of the land."
It is extremely important that we learn to recognize the
voice of the Lord. When the Lord first called Samuel, he ran
to Eli instead of responding to the Lord. Notice that he ran.
His quick response reveals an eagerness to obey. The Lord
called the second time and again he went to Eli. I Samuel
3:7 tells us that Samuel did not yet know the voice of the
Lord. Eli finally realized that the Lord was calling Samuel
(I Samuel 3:8-9) and instructed him on how to respond.
HOW TO KNOW THE VOICE OF THE LORD
1. A personal intimate knowledge of the Lord is essential
to knowing His voice. We learn by daily contact with and obedience
to Him. God created Adam with a capacity to know Him. Adam
heard the "voice of Lord God walking" in the Garden.
They were accustomed to this time of daily fellowship in the
cool of the day. The Hebrew word for cool is wind, or spirit.
Thus, Adam knew the voice of the Lord.
When Adam hid from this time of fellowship, the Lord sought
Adam, "Where are you?" The prayer of Jesus in John
17:3 is, "And this is life eternal, that they might know
thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."
See Jeremiah 2:8 and 24:7; Hosea 4:1,6 and 6:6. "For
they shall all know Me, "Jer 31:34.
2. We learn, with His help, through experience. "And
the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed Himself
to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord" I Samuel
3:21. This "word" here speaks of the word revealed.
The Hebrew word is "Gala," which means to uncover
or denude. This speaks of discovering our inner ear. Isaiah
50:4-5 is prophetic of how Jesus received His understanding.
"He wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth my ear.
The Lord God has opened my ear and I was not rebellious neither
turned away back." See also I Samuel 9:15 and Psalms
Today, there is a multitude of voices. Many false spirits
are operating in the world. I John 4:1 tells us "Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into
It is more important than ever that we know His voice. "And
when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them,
and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice" John
10:4. Jesus tells us that His sheep hear His voice and another
they will not follow. Knowing the real will expose the false.
Jesus warned His disciples concerning their hearing, and told
them to take care how and what they heard (Mark 4:23,24).
While on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus, the disciples
wanted to make three tabernacles to represent the spiritual
experience they observed. The Father admonished them to focus
on the Son and to hear Him. Compare Hebrews 1:1, 2:1, 3:7,
12:25-27. God is a speaking God.
Samuel speaks to us of a prophetic ministry. The Lord is
raising up a "Samuel" ministry in our day. We must
unite our hearts by faith to "the word of hearing"
for this critical time in which we live.