Driving along a stretch of road that cuts through a natural preserve, Anne always felt the cares of the world melt away, watching the sky become bigger and bluer. On one side, a sloping, grassy area bordered a gated community and on the other, a tall, reinforced fence kept swampy wildlife contained. Stirred by the beauty around her, she would break out in praise and worship reciting verses, and singing hymns. Anne loved the five-minute drive, but before she arrived at the first traffic light at the edge of town, the magic faded. With that, her longing to hear God’s voice subsided as well. He didn’t speak today. God had spoken to her unexpectedly three times before on this road in a way she would never forget, with words that had changed her life. The last and most remarkable words He commanded months ago still rang in her heart. ‘You’re mine now, follow me!’
But how could He say that? She had become His over thirty years ago, saved, because she believed she was a sinner, and needed Jesus to forgive her, to save her and become her Lord. Anne had pondered those last words God spoke and finally, joyfully, realized that He had moved her to a higher plane. She had spent years struggling with her faith, years, wandering in a spiritual wilderness and in rebellion. The hard hand of God’s correction and humbling finally struck her when He began to remove the things she held most dear. Over time, she had not only learned to hear God’s voice, but also felt the consequences of disobedience.
Soon after her salvation, God spoke to Anne for the first time, while she lay on the floor writhing in agony over the sudden death of her child. ‘Get up!’ It was a command she could not ignore, it was the voice of God. Like Samuel, she began to recognize His voice, sometimes as a strong command, sometimes a whisper, sometimes when she studied her Bible and something jumped off the page and into her heart and stayed, repeating in her head, almost like an instant memory verse. A word from God meant more to her than a hundred sermons, each time He spoke a command, her life began to change.
1 Samuel Ch. 3:8, 9, 10
8…And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went unto Eli, and said. Here I am; 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 Lord; for thy servant heareth.
Some may say God doesn’t speak to us, that concept pertains to the Old Testament and Israel. How could He speak to an individual today? He speaks to His children in many ways, through His word, in their conscience and to some He gives commands. Mat. 11:15 Jesus said, ‘He that has ears to hear let him hear.’