Sorry, never heard of him. Oh, OK, I think I've run into him before. Yes, I met her last week. I remember her. He's my best friend since way back, that's my bro... These are a few answers to a question we get asked almost everyday. Do you know someone? It could be anyone. Think of what each answer means and how you felt when you gave each of those answers. Now, which answer would you give to this question? Do you know God?
1 Samuel 3 explains the night God spoke to young Samuel. What we must KNOW first is that Samuel is serving under the reign of Eli. King Eli is well into his UNDERSTANDING of God, in fact his age is spoiled by the text telling use is almost blind. Gotcha key-point! Samuel mistakes Gods calling for Eli a few times before Eli tells him what to do. Although being nearly blind, Eli KNOWS God's voice (we live by faith and not by sight). Samuel follows a man of God all day, prays all day, and serves God all day yet still did not KNOW him. WOW! But a nearly blind man did. Why? Throughout time Eli had learned to KNOW him.
"KNOW" means to be acquainted, understand, have establishment with someone. Eli took the time, diligence, patience, etc to do all those things so he could KNOW when God was speaking. He could not see but he felt Gods presence and heard his voice.
How many of us KNOW God? When is the last time you said, "Yes, Lord, your servant is listening". Do you know God? Can you say you recognize his voice? It’s funny how when Samuel first heard God call for him, he ran to Eli. Is that not us? When we have a good idea, when adversity comes, or even when a thought pops to our head we so oftenly run to friend. What if that thought or concern that popped in your mind was God saying "hey, remember I can fix this problem". Maybe it was God saying "You should try this". If we take the time to seek him by studying his word, praying, and fellowship with like-spirited believers you will be "led by the spirit" aka KNOW Gods voice.
Decisions I made in the past were made because, at times, I did not KNOW Gods voice. He spoke but I ignored him because I didn't recognize the voice. I assumed the message was for someone else. How many times have you gone out to hang out and something told you to stay inside? What happens when you go out? Exactly, you end up hearing "I told you" as soon as you get back.
Beloved friends, God is simple, he spoke in parables to the masses because they wouldn't KNOW what he meant if he spoke spiritual jargon. WOW, watch this y'all (I just got excited typing this)!!! But when he spoke to his disciples, whom already KNEW him, he broke the parables down IN THEIR ENTIRETY. If we take the time to get to KNOW him just like we would our boo, he will meet us half way. We would KNOW what God wants the first time.
Think for a second if Samuel KNEW God the first time he called. What would that look like in our lives? What decisions would we make? To KNOW is something we must DO. To UNDERSTAND is someone we must become. We cannot understand unless we take the time out to KNOW him daily.
Food for thought:
Original piece from ~S.H.A.M.A.R.~
Where you gonna run
when it's all said and done
No more friends to back you up now it's You, Father, Son
don't matter what you got
because the temp is getting hot
He either KNOWS you or he KNOWS you not
But don't get mad at me
Just listen to the plot see
Your whole life you've been chasing lies like you're running with the Nazis
"Yes I'm a Christian, but that lifestyle is not me"
Later for this Jesus, ill just settle for a Knot $ see
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