1 Samuel 3:10 And the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, Samuel! Samuel! Then Samuel answered, Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.AMP A couple of things to note here, the Lord had been calling Samuel but Samuel did not know it was the Lord. He thought it was Eli. So it makes me wonder how many times does the Lord call us and we think it is someone else or maybe our own inner voice? I think deep down (now this is my opinion) we know it is the Lord speaking to us. How simple is it when you are fixing to do something and you hear a gentle whisper in your mind and it says “don’t do that” So then what do you do? You have a choice you can click the mouse or not click, eat when you’re not hungry or not, lie or not lie, you get the point, or better yet the Lord tells you to do something and you don’t. I am writing this because this is right where I am right now. Ever since I wrote that prayer last Monday I have been hearing the Lord through scripture and through my morning devo’s and today is not any different. Today’s devo is about Eli and Samuel and it was just more confirmation. What I mean is …. What I am hearing, I know it is Him and so in this last week there has been no Eli in my life. Below is the devotion from Oswald Chambers
The dilemma of obedience
And Samuel feared to show Eli the vision. 1 Samuel 3:15.
God seldom speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, ‘I wonder if that is God’s voice?’ Isaiah said that the Lord spake to him “with a strong hand,” that is, by the pressure of circumstances. Nothing touches our lives but it is God Himself speaking. Do we discern His hand or only mere occurrence?
Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance. Every time circumstances press, say, “Speak, Lord”; make time to listen. Chastening is more than a means of discipline, it is meant to get me to the place of saying, “Speak, Lord.” Recall the time when God did speak to you. Have you forgotten what He said? Was it Luke 11:13, or was it 1 Thess. 5:23? As we listen, our ear gets acute, and, like Jesus, we shall hear God all the time.
Shall I tell my ‘Eli’ what God has shown to me? That is where the dilemma of obedience comes in. We disobey God by becoming amateur providences—I must shield ‘Eli’, the best people we know. God did not tell Samuel to tell Eli; he had to decide that for himself. God’s call to you may hurt your ‘Eli’; but if you try to prevent the suffering in another life, it will prove an obstruction between your soul and God. It is at your own peril that you prevent the cutting off of the right hand or the plucking out of the eye.
Never ask the advice of another about anything God makes you decide before Him. If you ask advice, you will nearly always side with Satan: “Immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”