While reading my morning devotion this morning from My Utmost for His Highest, this quote from Oswald Chambers stood out to me,
"Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9)”.* It made me wonder how many times in our day to day walk of life do we stop and ask God to speak to us. I often get so busy about the tasks of the day or giving God my list of requests that I fail to stop and say “speak Lord”. Maybe you are like that as well.
I want my life to count for Christ. I want to make a difference in this world for the sake of the kingdom. But to be effective as a Christian I must be living out God’s plan for my life not my own plan. We must allow God to speak into our lives. We must practice listening to His voice.
When I was a little girl, my older sister Jane would tell me Bible stories. I have vivid recollections of curling up in the bed with fluffy pillows and a blanket and she would sit cross legged on the bed with a Bible in her lap and retell me a story she had just read. She told me of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath and many more. One of my favorite stories though was of Samuel and Eli. She told me how Samuel went to lay down to sleep and heard a voice and thought it was Eli calling but found out that the voice was God. I would love to hear this story before going to bed. I would close my eyes to go to sleep and then wait hoping to hear that God would call my name.
I was reminded of this while reading my devotion this morning. I was thankful that my sister read the Bible to me and told me Bible stories when I was a very small child. Because of this, I grew to love God’s word at an early age. I longed to hear God calling my name as a young child.
Many years have passed since I would lay down in my bed waiting to see if God would call my name. He did call my name and I have spent the last 43 years serving Him. Often I struggle with wanting to do my own thing and have my own way. But ultimately I know that if I stop and listen to His call on my life and seek to do His will that I will experience an extravagant life. It may not be extravagant by the world’s terms but it will be extravagant in a way that has eternal value.
So get into the habit of saying “speak Lord” then listen and hear what God has to say. He’s calling your name. Will you answer?
*Found from Oswald chambers My Utmost for His Highest devotion for January 30, 2013