The Lord Calls Us
Here is the proper order of things: The Lord calls us and when it is His will for us to know He is calling us, we know it. When we know Who it is that is calling us the proper response is: Speak Lord. There is a lot in those two words. We understand that He is worth hearing and obeying and He makes us willing to hear and obey. Learn how the Lord dealt with Samuel and how Samuel responded to Him. We ought to respond to the Lord the same way that Samuel did. And once we begin to say Speak Lord it should become a wonderful habit.
1 Samuel 3:4: That the LORD called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. 5 And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. 6 And the LORD called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. 8 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had called the child. 9 Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth. 11 And the LORD said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle. 12 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end. 13 For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. 14 And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli*s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever. 15 And Samuel lay until the morning, and opened the doors of the house of the LORD. And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 16 Then Eli called Samuel, and said, Samuel, my son. And he answered, Here am I. 17 And he said, What is the thing that the LORD hath said unto thee? I pray thee hide it not from me: God do so to thee, and more also, if thou hide any thing from me of all the things that he said unto thee. 18 And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the LORD: let him do what seemeth him good. 19 And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.
The commentators say that the words of God would not fall to the ground and neither would the words He spoke through Samuel fall to the ground. If we study the life of Samuel we will discover that those things were true all of his life and they should be true for us all of our lives.
Isaiah 55:11: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Primarily, we will hear from God when we read, study or hear the Bible spoken and taught by others who have heard the word of God and understand and speak it, much the same as Samuel heard from Eli and God. When we study the Bible we should have the attitude of Samuel: Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. We ought also to learn from those two words thy servant. Samuel willingly became a servant of God and we should too.