January 4, 2022
The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
1 Samuel 3:10
From “Glimpses of God’s Grace Devotional-Anita Corrine Donihue”
Isn’t it WONDERFUL to know that our Lord is as close to us as the very air we breathe? When our minds are occupied with different things, we may be unaware of His presence. Yet we can still recognize His being with us all the time.
The Lord makes His awesome presence known to us in different ways. He frequently places everyday blessings on our pathway. He helps us to sense His nearness through various loving, comforting ways. During our times of prayer, when we pour out our deepest needs and feelings to the Lord, He helps us to know that He is patiently listening to our every
Now and then He firmly nudges us to help with important or perhaps even urgent needs. He may pierce our consciences with imperative warnings, helping us to avoid saying or doing things against His will. In similar ways He cautions us against danger and threatening forces of evil.
He may gently whisper to us in our dreams. When we wrestle with a problem during the night and cry out to Him for help, He can speak tender words of comfort, assuring us that He’s taking care of things and will work everything together for good.
God also speaks to us through His Word. When He does, we can claim His sure, true promises for our lives, right here, right now: “And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Yes, I’m listening'” (1 Samuel 3:10). “For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts, and tells us that we really are God’s children” (Romans 8:16) As
we go to the Lord in prayer, let’s ask Him to speak to our hearts. He’s never too busy to talk with us about our cares, hopes, and dreams.