A Sure Word from God

Sermon for Messiah Lutheran Classical Academy

Text: 1 Samuel 3:1–20
Rev. Roy S. Askins
preached on 20150415

Grace, mercy, and peace to you, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

What an amazing opportunity young Samuel had. God spoke to him directly. God woke him up out of his sleep directly. “Samuel!” God called. Our text says that Samuel did not yet know the Lord. He didn’t know God was calling to him. He thought it was Eli, his teacher and the priest who served at Shiloh.

Eventually, Eli realizes God is speaking to Samuel. So he sends Samuel back and tells him to say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant listens” (1 Samuel 3:9).

As a young boy, I thought about this passage a lot. I thought, “How cool it would be to hear God speak to me directly.” Do you ever wonder the same thing? What would it be like for God to speak to you directly?

In fact, many times, Satan often tempts us to think God has spoken to us directly. Some people think they hear God speaking to them. Sometimes they think God speaks as a little voice in their heads. Some people claim to have had visions of God speaking to them. Some people think they have been called just like Samuel in our text today.

God no longer reveals Himself to us in the way He once did to Israel. He does not speak with us directly. He does not walk and talk with us like He did with Adam and Eve. He does not show Himself to us they way He did with Moses. When God wants to talk with us, He does not speak in our heads. He does not call us the way He called Samuel.

God says He gives us more sure and certain than a voice in our heads. If we’re listening to that little voice in our heads, we can’t ever really be sure if it is God speaking, or our own sinful desires, or even Satan. But God has promised to speak to us in an absolutely certain way. A way we can know for sure God is speaking, and not our sinful nature or Satan.

What is this sure and certain way? The Word of God. The Bible.

St. Peter says that even though he saw the glory of Jesus at the Transfiguration and heard God speak “This is My beloved Son,” that you have something even more sure and certain than a voice from heaven. You have the prophetic Scripture; you have the Bible. He says that it’s like a lamp shining in a dark place. For the whole Bible, he says, comes from God (2 Peter 1:16–20).

So, if you want to hear God, if you want to listen to God, do not listen in your head for a small voice. Do not wait for God to speak to you from heaven like Samuel. No, instead, listen to God in His Word. Listen to what God says in the Bible. There He will reveal what He wants for you. He gives you His Commandments. There He will reveal you are a sinner who needs forgiveness. In His Word, He will also point you to the Savior He sent, Jesus Christ. He will tell you in His sure and certain Word about how Jesus died to forgive your sins.

God spoke to Samuel directly for at Samuel’s time, God had not yet written down the whole Bible. But now He has. He has given us His Word so that we don’t have to doubt what God wants to say to us. No, we can be absolutely certain. He loved us sinners so much that He sent His only Son to die for us. That’s a Word you can trust in.

In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Now may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and minds through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

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