What we read in 1 Samuel 3:1 should sting: “The word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no frequent vision.” In other words, God was rather quiet, and that quietness was likely related to the sinful corruption of the people in that day, namely, Eli’s sons. We live in a day, however, when God’s Word, in one sense, is abundant.
Many people have several copies of the Bible in their homes, in multiple translations. We have the Scriptures on our smartphones and can access them on a number of free websites. And yet, perhaps we too hold God’s Word in contempt. No, surely not like Eli’s sons—we would never say we despise or reject God’s Word—but by our neglect of it. How many days go by without us cracking open any of the copies of the Bible we have all around us? How often do we nibble on God’s Word rather than feast on it?
We may long for God to break the silence in our lives and world audibly, but our neglect of what He has spoken to us in His Word should cause us to tremble.
What is your plan to spend regular quality time in God’s Word?