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Lesson 3: April 14-20

‘Thy servant heareth’

 

MEMORY VERSE: ‘And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.’ 1 Samuel 3:10.

LESSON AIM: To show that, before we go to work for the Lord, we need those times of still waters when we can hear the word of God.

 

Introduction

 

‘All who are under the training of God need the quiet hour for communion with their own hearts, with nature, and with God. In them is to be revealed a life that is not in harmony with the world, its customs, or its practices; and they need to have a personal experience in obtaining a knowledge of the will of God. We must individually hear Him speaking to the heart. When every other voice is hushed, and in quietness we wait before Him, the silence of the soul makes more distinct the voice of God. He bids us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is the effectual preparation for all labour for God. Amidst the hurrying throng, and the strain of life’s intense activities, he who is thus refreshed, will be surrounded with an atmosphere of light and peace. He will receive a new endowment of both physical and mental strength. His life will breathe out a fragrance, and will reveal a divine power that will reach men’s hearts.’ The Ministry of Healing, page 58.

 

‘Thy servant heareth’

 

1. What does communication with God in our Christian life involve? 1 Samuel 3:9.

NOTE: ‘That which above all other considerations should lead us to prize the Bible is that in it is revealed to men the will of God. Here we learn the object of our creation and the means by which that object may be attained. We learn how to improve wisely the present life and how to secure the future life. No other book can satisfy the questionings of the mind or the cravings of the heart. By obtaining a knowledge of God’s Word and giving heed thereto, men may rise from the lowest depths of degradation to become the sons of God, the associates of sinless angels. In searching the Scriptures, in feeding upon the words of life, O consider it is the voice of God to the soul.’ A Call to Stand Apart, page 69.

 

2. What does it mean to hear God? Jeremiah 15:16.

NOTE: ‘The Bible is God’s voice speaking to us, just as surely as if we could hear it with our ears. If we realised this, with what awe we would open God’s Word and with what earnestness we would search its precepts. The reading and contemplation of the Scriptures would be regarded as an audience with the Infinite One. What book can compare with the Bible? An understanding of its teachings is essential for every child and youth, and for those of mature age; for it is the word of God, given to guide the human family to heaven. In the world today there are gods many and doctrines many. Without an understanding of the Scriptures, it is impossible for the youth to understand what is truth, or to discern between the sacred and the common.’ A Call to Stand Apart, page 69.

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