Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Samuel 3:1-4 (BSB); And the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. Now in those days the word of the LORD was rare and visions were scarce. And at that time Eli, whose eyesight had grown so dim that he could not see, was lying in his room. Before the lamp of God had gone out, Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was located. Then the LORD called to Samuel, and he answered, “Here I am.”
Our theme scripture speaks of a time when the Word of God was rare and visions were scarce. The message version rendering says, “This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen.”
The Bible reveals that right in the midst of this spiritual aridity, Samuel heard the voice of God.
This teaches us that regardless of the spiritual state of a nation, it is possible to hear God distinctly.
There are people who are living in countries where Christianity is repressed, where churches are illegal, where Bibles are banned or where the concept of God is rapidly being shoved out of public life.
You may ask the question, is it possible to hear God when you live among people that have rejected Him? Is it possible to discern His voice when you have no contact with believers that share your faith?
Yes, it is possible and the story of Samuel tells us as much.
Never limit the voice of God to only places where the Church is alive and thriving. Never limit it to situations where there is great demonstration of His power and the signs of His manifestation are evident to all.
God is ready to speak to you anywhere and anytime as long as your heart is open to hear Him.
FURTHER STUDY: Jeremiah 29:13, Amos 8:11-12
GOLDEN NUGGET: Regardless of the spiritual state of a nation, it is possible to hear God distinctly. God is ready to speak to you anywhere and anytime as long as your heart is open to hear Him.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. My spirit is open to hear You and to see You. No matter the place or the circumstance, my heart is always tuned to Your voice. I am always alive to spiritual instructions because this understanding is at work in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.