TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … Sunday 2 August 2015
What kind of posture do we need to have when listening to the Word of the Lord? The posture often determines our real ability to hear what is said. Samuel took on the posture of a servant. He said to the Lord, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1Sam.3:10) A servant listens intently and is ready to obey the Master. Such is the posture we all should adopt when listening to the Word of the Lord spoken whether in our personal devotion, a cell meeting or a church service. Whenever the Word of God is preached, there is usually a message for us, a call towards something and a challenge to live radically. What good is it to listen to God’s Word spoken only to take it lightly, without giving it much attention, without a clear intention to obey as a servant would and should? James tells us in Jas.1:22-25, “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-he will be blessed in what he does.” When we hear or read the Word of God and not listen and do what it says, then we are deceiving ourselves, thinking we are good Christians who spend time listening to His Word or even learning and memorizing it, yet we do not walk according to it, which simply means we are disobedient and unteachable. As you walk with the Lord today, as you walk in His love, enjoy His grace and favor, love Him back and take on the posture of a servant, like Samuel, ready and willing to listen and obey. God does not intend for you and I to be just a student or a scholar of the Bible, not just a user of Scriptural texts for teaching and ministry, but a servant who walks in obedience to His Word. Then He shall call us good and faithful. Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: 10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1Sam.3:10)
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TWC – The Word Connects: Connecting you to God and to one another … 1 August 2015
One of the biggest problems Christians face is hearing clearly from God. We have many decisions to make everyday and we know that God has a plan for us, yet we don’t know what to do and where to go. We all want to hear from God but yet we live such busy, noisy and cluttered lives which makes it so difficult for us to hear His voice – often a still small voice. In 1Sam.3, we read about how God called young Samuel in the middle of the night. As a young man who was dedicated to serve in the Lord’s house, Samuel was in a place of quietness and his life was simple and uncluttered. When the Lord called him, he heard it easily and clearly. There are a number of children’s ministries today that teach children to be quiet and to listen to what the Lord might say to them. And it has been reported that the children do hear God speak to them either through visions or through words. For us adults, if we want to grow in hearing God speak to us clearly, we need to have faith like a child and be in the place of a child – a place of quiet and a place without clutter. And the quieter we get, the less clutter we have, the more we will hear God speak to us. Our Abba Father is a relational God, He longs to relate with us and He wants to speak to us to reveal His heart and His purposes to us so that we, His children, may live according to His will. So when we don’t hear anything from the Lord, the problem is usually with us – that we are not in the place of quiet to hear what He is saying. In fact, He is far more eager to speak to us than we are to hear from Him. So as you walk with the Lord today, why not take some time to be quiet before the Lord. Set aside a quiet time, find a quiet place and cultivate a quiet heart, a clutter-free heart. And in that place, seek His face, commune with Him and you will be surprised how much you will hear from the Lord! Try it, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Have a great day!
Today’s Bible Text: “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1Sam.3:10)
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by Rev Joel Yong
Genesis 40:8 ESV
They said to him, We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them. And Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.
Joseph’s fellow prisoners had dreams they didn’t understand. This theme follows throughout Joseph’s story, later he’d meet Pharaoh who had dreams he couldn’t understand, and each time the dreamer is unsatisfied because of this.
They had an inkling it meant something but couldn’t figure it out. Such dreams shown to us create unsettled hearts because we dislike uncertain revelations.
But Joseph says here, that only God can help us understand revelation.
Being gifted with the ability to interpret dreams, he proceeds to tell them its meaning.
Why does God not give us the full package of dreams + interpretation? Why separate the two?
I feel, the former creates a realization of our own limitations and reveals to us, our lack of comprehension about the life we live. The latter compels an appeal to God to help us as we acknowledge that we know not, but He knows everything.
Such revelations, they are meant to draw us back to God as the Giver of our lives and the LORD our God.