Are you Ready to Listen?

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is ready to listen.” 1 Samuel 3:10

     I had one of those kids who had attention deficit disorder. While I was talking to her I could tell her mind was going in a million different directions. So, when I had something very important to say I would grab her face with both hands and force her to face me so that I knew she was hearing me say what I had to say. This one, though, she was tough. Even with her little face held by my hands, pointed in my direction, her eyes were looking up and down and all around the room, everywhere but on me.

     After Jesus taught a parable he would often say, “Those who have ears, let them hear.” With rare exception, we all have ears. What He was referring to is ears that are ready to listen and respond accordingly. When I am ready to listen to someone, I put aside all other distractions and focus my mind on the one who is speaking to me. The action is intentional.

     The thing is, what the Lord spoke to Samuel, when he was finally ready to listen, was something very important. “Then the Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which the two ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.” -1 Samuel 3:11

     What if the Lord is trying to speak to someone today? What if God wants to tell someone today that He is about to do a thing in the United States of America. Would anyone be ready to listen?

     I could imagine that person checking her Instagram, listening to music on her earbuds, with Hulu playing on the TV. We are so distracted today and our attention span is, well, I’ve gone on way too long here for most attention spans.

     What if Samuel was living today with all of our distractions? The whole course of history could be altered! I guess what I’m hoping is that, for all of our sakes, we would put away our distractions and spend time with God each day and be ready to listen so we won’t miss out on the thing He wants to say to the one who has ears. Like Samuel in his day, you just might be the one to hear Him say something that is going to make the two ears of everyone who hears it tingle.

Isaiah 32:3

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.

One thought on “Are you Ready to Listen?

  1. So true. I have found myself getting distracted when listening to a sermon so I’ve decided, just before the sermon, to ask the Holy Spirit to help me focus on the message and ever since I’ve done that, He has helped me really listen to the message!

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