I Samuel 3:10 ” The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’ “

Three times the young Samuel had run to the elderly Priest Eli thinking it was him who was calling. But it wasn’t until Eli realized that it was God who was summonsing the boy, that Samuel finally perceived God’s voice. So what did the old Priest have that the young man lacked? Simply, the ability to discern and distinguish God’s voice. Discernment and hearing God’s voice takes practice, prayer, prudence, and patience. It’s asking yourself, “Is this God, or just my own thoughts, ideas, and wishes…or is it merely what the crowd wants to hear at the moment?” As Paul warned Timothy, “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn theirs away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (II Timothy 4:3-4)

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