10 The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
Thoughts of verse
The Subtlety of Pride
We've already considered the importance of an attitude of a servant vs. our natural desire to control outcomes. Now we need to consider another motivation that we must deliberately avoid when listening for the voice of God -- pride. It is subtle, but it is often lurking to contaminate our motives.
When you say confidently, "God told me to ....," people are often impressed. Since they haven't heard from God and we have, it tends to elevate us in their eyes. Woe to us humans, who often walk before God with mixed motives! Forgive us, Lord! I'm not saying that leaders shouldn't declare what God has told them as they lead the people God has put in their charge.
But: Don't publicly claim God's guidance unless it is clear.
Don't say, "God told me," unless he has really spoken.
When you talk about God's guidance, do it with humility. It is God you are trying to promote, not the servant whose ears got cleaned out enough to hear Him.
Remember Simon the Sorcerer, who wanted to purchase the power to confer the Holy Spirit so he could retain control over people (Acts 8:9-25).
Peter's retort should caution us:
"You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart." (Acts 8:21-22)
Pride elevates self and your agenda. Says I am more important than God, I am more important than others. My agenda is more important. My desires and wants are more important. When pride sets in, it blocks a heart that is submissive and obedient. It results in taking over control of everything and disobedience. It sets itself up as God.
Practice self-humbling. Not self-humiliating, but as Paul says: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance to the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3
Do it yourself, don't put it off, or wait for others to do it, or wait for circumstances to be humbled. Do it before God has to humble you. (James 4:10) Practice regular circumspection, as this is wise. (Eph 5:15)
Therefore, God is the Captain of this ship and his plan is greater than us. He is not concerned of political polls to elevate his agenda. He is immune of twitter comments and facebook. He knows our heart. We don’t need to panic and do the best we can with God’s blessings. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Father, I’m so grateful for my relationship with You, and for Your strength and ability. When life seems overwhelming, please help me trust You to enable me to do whatever I need to do. You are my strength! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.