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Written by Grant Hayman   

** The Unobtrusive Call of The Lord. **

Watch out, if you are looking for some spectacular outward sign that you are chosen to be the Lord's servant! You may missunderstand the dealings of the Lord.

* Samuel *

How did the Lord call Samuel?

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1 Samuel 3:1-11.

Three times the Lord quietly called Samuel while he slept. The Lord is completely unobtrusive in his dealings with us. It must be remembered that Jesus has clearly said -

Mat 16:4 "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed".

* Moses *



Exo 3:1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Notice, it was "when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see", that, then the LORD called Moses.

Yes, the bush burned, but don't think, that it was a particularly spectacular sight. The bush was burning and it seemed to not be consumed, which one could consider it to possibly be, just tough timber; but by this stage moses had learned to consider the Lord in every experience of life. There was a time when Moses had to learn not to suppose anything - refer Acts 7:23-25.

We know well the case with Elijah. The lord was not in the wind, the earthquake or the fire, but "a still small voice",

Refer 1 Kings 19:11-13.

The Lord encourage us to spend more time in the quiteness of reading his Word and Prayer to hear that still small voice, because we are listening FOR HIM in his unobtrusive way to talk with us and reveal his love and will.

Yes the Lord does reveal himself sometimes in dramatic ways, such as the case of the apostle Paul. But remember he had become a tyrant of open aggression against the Lord and so an open and powerful revelation of the Lord was needed to settle the battle, who was going to win. Paul responded to the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus, but should we take such a position of obstinate self will and expect that grace will compensate with the spectacular? Remember, though he did "kick against the pricks" Paul was an unsaved, unregenerate man, without an ability to hear "a still small voice" of the Spirit.



God BLESS as Jesus reaches your heart and trust.


Song - "When you call on Him"