Each evening a bird lover, Tom, stood in his backyard, hooting like an owl. One night an owl called back to him. For a year, Tom and his feathered friend hooted back and forth. He even kept a log of the "conversation." Just as he thought he was on the verge of a breakthrough in inter-species communication, his wife had a chat with her neighbor. "My husband spends his nights calling out to owls," she said. "That's odd," the neighbor replied, "so does mine."
“Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy. 9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.”
There are times in our lives when we want to hear from God and there are times, when we’re so pleased with ourselves that we’d rather not. We may not hear an audible voice like Samuel, but God will speak to us. The question is, are we listening? I love this passage about Samuel, the boy. He did everything he was told because he wanted to hear from God so badly! “God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, Prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways.” (Henry Blackaby).
He is calling us to draw close to Him. He is commanding us to love one another and our neighbors. He is telling us to be servants. He is reminding us to focus on Him and the things above. He is inviting us to worship Him. He is admonishing us to forgive those that have hurt us. If we really listen, He will get specific on all of these things. Jesus often reminded His followers, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Sometimes, we just need to be still and know that He is God when He is speaking and reply, “Speak, for your Servant hears.”