1 Samuel 3.1–10
1 Corinthians 6.12–20
I want ask a question today, a simple question: where do we need to be to listen to God? (Short answer: In the house of God.)
We are commissioning Katie today for her role as coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Project in Mwandi, Zambia.
I think I can safely say that she hasn’t determined to go there so much by screwing up her eyes and trying hard to believe she can do it as by listening for that ‘still, small voice’, which speaks so calmly, gently, tenderly, persistently, and insistently. That Voice that just doesn’t give up.
But where do we hear that voice? We need to be in the house of God to hear it.
We talked about the voice of God last week. According to Mark, Jesus hears God say,
You are my Son, the Beloved. With you I am well pleased.
We talked about how we miss out on hearing that Voice, because—
Our own inner voices, perhaps accusing voices, drown it out. The sounds of politicians and advertisements and newspaper publishers drown it out.
We need to be in the house of God to hear it. We miss it because we are not ‘in’ when it calls.