In 1st Samuel 3 the Lord God called out to Samuel three times. Finally Eli realized that it was God calling out to Samuel and he instructed Samuel to lay down and respond to God the next time He called out. The young Samuel did not discern that it was God’s voice that he was hearing.
In our day and age, when there is so much noise all around us, it too can be hard to discern the voice of God when He calls out to us. At times it is so easy to hit the snooze button, to plop down in front of the television, to read a magazine instead. On other occasions it is easier to cross over to the other side of the street, to simply look away, or to make some excuse.
There is a reason though that God most often speaks in a still, small voice. It is so that we have to be paying attention to hear and so that we have to make it our choice to respond. God is a god of love. In love, there is no forcing the issue. There is only that still, small voice calling out to us. Sometimes it is even hidden in the eyes of one in need or in the words of a friend. Sometimes it is of the Spirit. In all cases we must be listening and we must reply as Samuel did: “Speak Lord, you servant is listening.”
Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 3: 1-9