Two weeks of school down here in Uganda! I love my students, but I’m exhausted today! It’s definitely a Friday! My kids were good today! The past three days have been somewhat tough, but overall things are going well! I have 13 students of varied abilities from different backgrounds. I’m still working on tuning my ears to the varied African accents! Please pray for me, as I need wisdom and patience with one student in particular!
I got to speak in chapel today and it was fun, though I’m not sure how focused they were. I spoke on “Listening to God’s Voice” Here’s what I wrote and the song I sang with one of my students.
Listening to God’s Voice
Boys and girls, did you know that we need to learn to listen for God’s voice? Did you know that he spoke to a little boy in the Bible? His name was Samuel. He became a great prophet and was the prophet who anointed King David to be king, but before that he was a little boy living in the temple with the priest, Eli. Let’s learn about Samuel and how he heard God.
1 Samuel 3
“Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen”
1-3The boy Samuel was serving God under Eli’s direction. This was at a time when the revelation of God was rarely heard or seen. One night Eli was sound asleep (his eyesight was very bad—he could hardly see). It was well before dawn; the sanctuary lamp was still burning. Samuel was still in bed in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested.
4-5 Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.”
Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did.
6-7 God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.”
Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.)
8-9 God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”
That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.'” Samuel returned to his bed.
10 Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out, “Samuel! Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”
Did you know that we need to be listening for God’s voice like Samuel did? Usually, God doesn’t speak out loud to us like He did to Samuel, but He still speaks. Sometimes we hear Him speak through our parents, our teachers, or from a Bible story. God still speaks to us today. He tells us how to do what is right through the Bible, by what our parents teach us and by our conscience (that little voice in our heads that tells something is right or wrong).
We have to make the choice everyday to listen to God’s voice or not. We can obey our parents and teachers and by doing that we are listening to God’s voice. We can be kind to our friends and we are listening to God’s voice. We can pray for people and we are listening to God’s voice. Sometimes God gives us feelings that we need to do something and when we follow those feelings we are hearing his voice. Also, sometimes God uses our friends to help us hear His voice, when they remind us about what God wants us to do.
What happens when we listen to God’s voice? We learn to be kind to others, we learn to obey our parents and teachers. We learn to obey God even when things are difficult or scary. I’m learning to hear God’s voice even as an adult. I heard His voice and that’s why I’m here in Uganda teaching. I heard his voice when I was only 12 years old about going to Africa. Then when was 21 years old, He showed me again that I was going to Africa and this year I heard his voice again and knew I was going to come to Africa.
So, boys and girls, listen to God’s voice and you never know how he will use you!
Psalm 138:8, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—–do not abandon the works of your hands.” Now, Wendy is going to help me sing a song that will remind you that God has a purpose for you and wants you to hear his voice!
I am Promise
I’m a promise, I’m a possibility, I’m a promise with a capital “P”
I’m a promise to be, anything God wants me to be
I am a promise, I am a possibility, I am a promise with a capital “P”
I am a great big bundle of potentiality
And I am learning to hear God’s voice, and I am trying to make the right choices
I’m a promise to be, anything God wants me to be
I hope my words touched hearts! That’s one thing I’m trying to be with my students is real and honest. It’s been great to be able to teach the Bible and pray in school with COMPLETE FREEDOM! I didn’t know what I was missing teaching in public school! I love teaching in public school, but I have found that God really opens my mouth and my heart when I am able to teach Bible to these students. I hope to write more soon, but this is all for now!