How do I know if God’s calling me?

From 1 Samuel: A 6-Week Devotional

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1 Samuel 3

A singular penguin waddles purposefully through the colony. The thousands of seemingly identical birds are easily distinguishable to the penguin as he settles in next to his lifelong mate. Despite the sea of similarity, he knows the call of his family and can identify them without confusion. Just as the penguin is alert and knows what to look for in identifying his family, we need to know when we are hearing from God.

Samuel is a young boy when he first hears from God, and he doesn’t realize it’s God who is speaking. He was not expecting to hear from God, and He did not recognize His voice. It was not until he received the counsel of Eli that he understood what was happening. After Eli’s instruction, Samuel listened with anticipation and answered God when He called again.

We can discern God’s voice and become familiar with His nature when we spend time in His Word.

How do we know when it is God who is speaking? We can discern God’s voice and become familiar with His nature when we spend time in His Word. Like Samuel, it may take a few times before we recognize the Lord’s prompting, but we can distinguish His voice more clearly when we follow the counsel of His Word and expect to hear from Him.

God calls us to action, to further His kingdom and to grow in our faith. The more time we spend in the Bible and in prayer, the easier it will be to know God’s voice and distinguish His call.

Reflect:

  • Is there anything you specifically feel God calling you to?
  • Is it a call to action consistent with God’s Word? Will it bring honor to His kingdom and help you grow in your faith?
  • Spend some extra time this week reading your Bible. What do you feel He is telling you about the direction and call for your life?

September 28, 2017

Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

When revenge kills

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Session 2

How to prevent regret

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Session 3

Between a rock and a hard place?

From working at a dead end job to kids that just won’t cooperate, we have all felt stuck. Being stuck is one of the most difficult places...

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Session 4

How to get your next big thing

High school. College. Marriage. Babies. Buying a house. The big promotion with a raise. What is your next big thing? Sometimes, we wonde...

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Session 5

What happens when your plans fall apart?

A plan is a set of actions designed to achieve a goal. While having a plan makes us feel accomplished, sometimes the best thing that can ...

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Session 6

Who to blame when things go wrong

When trouble comes in life, how do you react? Do you look for something or someone to blame? David’s men did. Their homes had been attack...

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Session 7

Disobedience always has consequences

Whether we are talking about stealing cookies from a cookie jar, shoving all the mess in your room under the bed, cheating on a college f...

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Session 8

The danger of jealousy

At first glance, jealousy may not seem like a major sin in our daily lives. We may get a little jealous of people from time to time, but ...

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Session 9

Why do my motives even matter?

A young man helping an elderly lady cross the street because he wants to ensure her safety has an honorable motive. However, if this same...

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Session 10

When doing the right thing gets you in trouble

1 Samuel 19 tells of a guy with a serious lifestyle problem. Saul was jealous and not able to control his emotions—to the point of intend...

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Session 11

How to choose between competing loyalties

The problem with loyalty is everyone has their own definition of it. So, at some point we will find ourselves in that painful position wh...

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Session 12

How to have joy in hard times

Think back to some of the most stressful or scary moments in your life. How did you react? If you’re like most people, praising God proba...

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Session 13

I never thought I’d do that

One of our culture’s great weaknesses is not believing in pure evil. We want to think all people are generally good. We shake our heads i...

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Session 14

Is opportunity a sign of God’s approval?

Have you ever wanted something so much any opportunity to obtain it seemed like God answering your prayer? Maybe money has been tight, an...

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Session 15

When you want revenge

He is so finished! I’ll give her a piece of my mind! It’s okay, no one will ever know. This tweet will really get’em good.   Thoughts...

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Session 16

Have you ever forgotten to say thank you?

When we are in crisis mode it’s natural to look to those surrounding us for help. Thankfulness towards our rescuers comes easily during t...

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Session 17

“But God, what if I did this?”

Have you ever tried to negotiate a better way with God? When we rely on our human understanding, what He asks us to do often leaves us c...

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Session 18

No more excuses

Have you ever said “enough is enough” to someone who kept making excuses?  Samuel had a moment like that with Saul in Saul’s final days ...

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Session 19

You can’t unsee this

The Internet drama over “the dress” made people lose their minds. Some saw white and gold. Others saw black and blue. That viral sensatio...

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Session 20

I don’t want to be here anymore

“No, you can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes...

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Session 21

The long road to an overnight success

David was not an “overnight success.” The unknown shepherd laid the groundwork for his victory against Goliath long before the epic showd...

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Session 22

Overcoming overwhelming obstacles

Did you know that you are the owner of a unique tool belt? It might not be an actual tool belt, but God has given each of us a unique set...

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Session 23

Repentance is more than being sorry

When Jesus began His ministry, the first verb He put in front of His followers was “repent.”  Repentance isn’t just guilt or regret. We ...

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Session 24

How to walk forward in faith

Fear is a real emotion all of us feel from time to time. No one is perfectly brave at every moment of their lives. Fear can be particular...

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Session 25

Do you blend in?

Samuel was the judge of Israel who led the nation back into the direction of God. When Samuel was ready to retire, the nation demanded a ...

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Session 26

Coincidence? I think not.

Have you ever had something happen that you just couldn’t quite explain? Something you chalked up to coincidence. Maybe it’s how you met...

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Session 27

You can be forever changed

Change is a part of life. Some of us thrive when change happens. For others, change produces anxiety and stress. But no matter how we res...

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Session 28

When what god asks feels impossible

Being named king or queen of something sounds pretty enticing, doesn’t it? Perhaps images of fame and glory come to mind when we envision...

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Session 29

Not all anger is sinful

We’ve all been angry. We’ve seen injustice, felt pain when wronged, and wanted to pinch the head off of something. We’ve seen red faces, ...

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Session 30

It’s not too late to change

“I told you so” moments are no fun if you are on the receiving end. We see one of these moments in 1 Samuel when the Israelites come to t...

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Session 31

When impatience wins

The thing you want is so close you almost believe if you close your eyes and reach out, you can touch it. Or maybe, the thing your heart...

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Session 32

Who can you count on?

In all our relationships, we expect to be able to count on the other person. While we were growing up, we looked to our older siblings or...

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Session 33

Bite your tongue

Have you ever said something so stupid you wish life had a backspace option? Parents, have you threatened your children with an “or else...

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Session 34

When hope seems unattainable

hope relationships

Hannah was loved by her husband, but her longing was for a child. Hannah kept seeing her prayer being fulfilled for others around her. Wh...

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Session 35

What if your kids aren’t really yours?

Tickle Me Elmo, Motorola StarTAC, and Super Nintendo were all must-have items at one point. When we got them, we thought we had everythin...

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Session 36

Miracles are more than moments

Most of us know of a miracle—a friend with breast cancer now cancer free; a quadruple bypass survivor walking 3 miles every day; or a bab...

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Session 37

But God, I don’t want to

A picture recently became popular on Facebook. In it, a little girl is holding a small teddy bear. She is standing across from Jesus, who...

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Session 38

Only God can judge me

How often have you responded to a friend’s rebuke with this phrase: “Only God can judge me”? If we knew what we were asking when we ask ...

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Session 39

How do I know if God’s calling me?

A singular penguin waddles purposefully through the colony. The thousands of seemingly identical birds are easily distinguishable to the ...

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Session 40

Ask this when fighting a losing battle

Few things are more demoralizing than fighting a losing battle. It’s emotionally exhausting, and for Christians it’s confusing. Romans 8:...

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Session 41

Kill your idol, before it kills you

Beauty. Health. Success. Money. Power. Love. We may not literally bow to a golden statue, like Dagon, but we put these idols in God’s pla...

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