Have you ever felt the LORD speaking to you? I am sure you have or else you would not be a Christian. Jesus said: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him…” (John 6:44) The word ‘draw’ seems to indicate an inward pull. Through His Word and by His Spirit, God speaks to each of us and calls us to salvation. In addition to the Word and the Spirit, the Lord may also people to pray for us and to share with us the gospel. He may also orchestrate the events so that we will be in the right place at the right moment. No man comes to Christ except the Father draws them. No man can understand God’s plan of salvation unless God speaks and reveals it to them.
God also speaks to us in order to call us to salvation, but also in order to guide us to do His will. Perhaps you will remember the story of how Paul and Silas wanted to go to certain regions and preach the gospel, yet the Spirit prohibited them. Then finally one night the Spirit gave them a vision and through this vision He verified that He wanted them to go to a specific region called Macedonia. The Bible says: “And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.” (Acts 16:10)
Consider once again Samuel’s encounter with God. 1 Samuel 3:8 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.
The story of Samuel teaches us at least two important truths:
1. GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE
2. GOD’S PEOPLE SHOULD RESPOND WITH A WILLINGNESS TO DO HIS WILL
The word ‘heareth’ means not only to hear an audible sound, but also to be obedient. Samuel was not just saying: “Speak to me and reveal Your will”. He was also saying: “Speak to me and reveal Your will and I, Your servant, will do it.”
Henry Blackaby often refers to what he calls a ‘God-sized task.’ A God-sized task is a task that is greater than our own ability to accomplish and will require the power of God. What can God do through someone who is completely yielded to Him?
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.: