January 18, 2020
This message is a continuation of yesterday’s message
3. Sensitivity in seeing and hearing God and the accuracy in giving response to God’s voice are influenced by the condition or attitude of our hearts
That is why, learn from the attitude of heart that Samuel had. Even though he was born in a time where the voice of God was rare, there vision was not often – and it was caused by the existence of Eli the priest as a leader who was not inaccurate so that he was the ‘obstacle’ to the coming of God’s voice over the people – but personally God Himself visited Samuel to build interaction with Him!
a. Eli the priest had failed to become a leader in communicating or interacting intensely with God because of the worldly lifestyle that he lived
1 Samuel 2:29 (NASB) Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the choicest of every offering of My people Israel?’
A wicked or worldly lifestyle before God has made Eli the priest became ‘blind and deaf’ spiritually. Even he failed to respond accurately to the voice of God, the prophecies, reprimands and warnings that came in his life (1 Samuel 3: 15-18).
b. Samuel had a different attitude of the heart!
Since his childhood, his mother had planted his destiny in Samuel. Hannah always reminded Samuel that he was born as a result of prayer and as a mother, she had dedicated Samuel’s life to serve God!
1 Samuel 2:11, 18-19, 26 (NASB)
Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.
Now Samuel was ministering before the Lord, as a boy wearing a linen ephod. And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.
Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the Lord and with men.
That is why even Samuel was still a child, but he had a desire to always serve God. The boy Samuel ministered the Lord under Eli’s supervision (1 Samuel 3: 1).
The word ‘being a servant of God’ is written in the Hebrew word: Shârath, which MEANS: Be present as a worshiper, to be a servant, waiting for orders.
From the word Shârath, I have an understanding of the attitude of the heart that we have to build in our lives because this determines how accurately we will respond to the voice of God that comes in our lives!
(a) Builds the attitude of the heart as a worshiper – John 4: 21-24
The worshipers are people who certainly have tenderness of heart. Their lives are moved by the spirit of loving God. And all this will condition them to experience the abundance of God’s presence that becomes a ‘seal’ that God indeed was pleased with their lives!
(b) Be ready for waiting with full attention or interest to hear whatever Gods wants to deliver
This heart attitude will be only owned by those who truly dedicate their lives only for Him, realizing that their lives are only for doing whatever He orders and pleasing the heart of God.
(c) Be available, focus on keeping every commandment or statutes that God has given
When someone has a fellowship with God, there will always be a progressive communication and that progressivity is always because we ‘keep’ what God has ever spoken to us.
Have that kind of heart attitude above, respond to whatever God conveys accurately and begin the journey of a divine life with God’s reality. Become the friend of God – the one who lives in fellowship with God. The generation of Enoch is being re-emerged today! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Augustinus