The last session from the women’s conference this weekend was about little Samuel in 1 Samuel3. Samuel had a useful heart because he received God’s word. Scripture requires hearers. Paige reminded us how often God says,”remember what you have heard” or “those who have ears to hear, let them hear”. We don’t automatically receive the Word just because we hear it in our ears; we have to hear it with our heart. How many biblestudies have you sat through? How many notebooks have you filled with notes? Obedience is not going to the biblestudy- it is doing what you learned in the biblestudy. She reminded us that we can tell the fruit of our heart by our response- if we receive his word or not.
She laughed about the times that she would work with girls in college ministry who would say about some situation they had gotten into,”I know, I know. I know I shouldn’t have done that.” Her point is this is the worst defense. To know- and to not do. It would be better not to know. Knowing the truth and not doing what it says produces a hardness of heart.
The beautiful part of this Scripture is that Samuel doesn’t call God. God calls Samuel. In fact, “the Lord calls” many times. God is a pursuing God- a God who forges relationship with us. Samuel, a small boy, did not merit or earn God’s calling, but he was in a place and a position to hear him. And his response was,”Here I am.” and “Speak Lord for your servant is listening.” Is that my response when I hear God’s word? Am I in places where I can hear God’s Word? Am I listening? Am I useful?
She ended by reminding us again that the most important thing about us is our heart. No matter what your circumstances today- It is a matter of your heart.