Ears to Hear

Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” -1 Samuel 3:10

At an early age Samuel had a heart for the Lord and ears sensitive to His voice. He “ministered before the LORD, even as a child” (1 Sam. 2:18).

As parents we must teach our children to have spiritually sensitive ears that can discern the Lord’s voice. Jesus repeatedly cried out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matt. 11:15; 13:43; Mark 4:23; Luke 8:8). Elijah learned to hear God’s “still small voice” (1 Kin. 19:12). The Apostle Paul’s life was changed in a moment when he heard the voice of the Lord (Acts 9:4), and he simultaneously received salvation and direction for his life.

We can teach our children how to hear God’s voice by sharing with them times that we have heard His voice and how we responded. God speaks to us in many ways as we go through each day. Let us ask the Lord to give us ears sensitive to hear His voice and wisdom to teach those same lessons to our children.

1 Samuel