Proof text: 1 Samuel 3:9-18
People of God, when we know that the Word is God himself speaking to us, it will not be difficult to obey It and to act upon It. But today, because we don’t know that the Word is God speaking to us, when God speaks, we take it as if it were man speaking. Or when man speaks, we take it as if it were God speaking. The moment young Samuel knew that the Word was God speaking to him, he paid attention to it and soon began to operate in the new realm above the senses. Those who obey God’s instruction seek two qualities – righteousness and humility. They seek righteousness and are committed to doing the right thing and to establishing a just society. Their behavior conforms to God’s standard. They take God’s Word seriously – as if their life depends on it.
The humility they seek is a total dependence on God – so that they rely completely on Him. They are not a proud type – they are willing to admit that God alone must be worshipped and obeyed. So, when God speaks, obey.