When God Speaks – Graphic Truth

When God Speaks

1 Samuel 3:1-21

The story of Samuel and how he learned to recognize God’s voice provides an important lesson for all believers. The Bible tells us that in Samuel’s day, communication from the Lord—by word or vision—was rare (1 Samuel 3:1). At the same time, we are informed in verse 12 that God had been saying a lot to the priest Eli about his family and their evil conduct. It appears, however, that there had been very little listening.

Fortunately, young Samuel put an end to all that. At first he, too, was unable to recognize God’s voice. Even though he was immersed in religious activity, the Bible tells us that the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him (1 Samuel 3:7). When God first spoke to Samuel, the boy had to appeal to his religious superiors before he could understand what was going on.

What this suggests is that when we think we hear God’s voice, we shouldn’t hesitate to discuss it with our spiritual leaders or other mature Christians. Prayer and wise consultation of this sort can help recognize who really is speaking. The devil seeks to imitate the voice of God, so we must carefully discern the source of the message.

Once we hear from God and get our bearings spiritually, we must not shrink from testifying to what we heard. At first Samuel was fearful about sharing the message with Eli, but he finally did so. And remember, we should never ask God to speak if we are not prepared to act on the message we hear.

Graphic Truth

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet…. Revelation 12:1

Many of us grew up reading comic books and tossing them away, never realizing they’d become collectors’ items. One rare edition recently sold for $1.5 million. Nor has the industry declined. In recent years, comic books have given way to graphic novels—longer illustrated books done in the comic book style.

The book of Revelation isn’t comical and it’s not a novel, but it is graphic. Its pages contain graphic images that illustrate themselves in our minds—the beast, the dragon, the woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet.” Revelation is drawn up as a series of panels and pictures that graphically reveal the future. Its symbolism is just as relevant and powerful today as when the apostle John gave it.

As you read Revelation, close your eyes and try to visualize its apocalyptic images. You may not comprehend every word, but the more we meditate on this book, the better we’ll understand it and the more excited we’ll become for the unfolding future God has in store for us.

Think of Revelation more as a picture than a puzzle. If you expect to figure out the book completely, you will probably be disappointed. If you expect to meet the glorified Christ in His Revelation, you will be deeply satisfied. Woodrow Kroll

Recommended Reading: Revelation 12:1-8

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