“Lord, speak”. 1 Samuel 3:10

Pastor Tom’s Weekly Blog.                           “Listen”                        I Samuel 3:1-11

July 7, 2020

“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

I Samuel 3:10

There are many voices that speak to us on a daily basis; friends, family, supervisors, social media and news outlets just to name a few. Then there is the medical community, the legal community, wellness voices and fitness gurus that speak to us on how to better our lives emotionally and physically. Each voice represents an important part of life and is part of our story. Yet seemingly the most difficult voice to hear in the midst of the cacophony of voices is the voice of God, the most important and foundational voice that truly does speak to us on a daily basis. How does God speak and how do we respond to God’s voice in the midst of the others?  In the days of Samuel, the Bible says that the “word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.” (I Samuel 3:1) Maybe God’s Word was not as rare as it would appear but perhaps God’s word was forgotten in the midst of so many others that commanded the attention of the people. The Letter of James says that we are to be,” quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger…” (James 1:19). Sometimes words we want to hear the least are the most important; God’s Word enters our lives when we are so busy hearing other voices we do not take the time just to listen for God’s call to us. God is really good about messing up the status quo, breaking through the commotion of our day to offer something profoundly different; we just need to take the time to listen. God’s voice speaks in the majesty of creation and at the bedside of sick. God’s voice speaks through melodious voices and those who can’t seem to find the right note. God’s voice speaks through the grand orators of our day as well as through those with difficulty finding the appropriate words. God’s word comes at convenient times but most times it comes at the most inopportune times yet times we need it the most. The prophets of old spoke God’s words to a people too busy to listen; the modern day prophets also speak God’s words to a people pre-occupied with so many other things in their lives except the mighty Word of God. God created with a word (see Genesis chapter 1) and redeemed with the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us in Jesus the Christ. God’s prophetic voice is alive and well today, we just need to listen.   The call of the church today, as it was for Samuel, is the rekindling of the fire of grace that dwells in every heart; the voice of God needs not only to be heard but listened to and set in motion by our witness to others. Of the many lessons of this season of pandemic, the one that calls each of us to slow down enough to listen to God’s calling is perhaps the most important. God is speaking to you, right now, no matter where you find yourself in life; it is a voice of transformation, grace, mercy, and peace. It is a voice of comfort and of joy. Take time to listen; God is still speaking, more clearly than ever before.  

Rev. Tom Joyce, pastor

Fields United Methodist Church


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