1 Samuel 3:1 – 21, Mark 4:1 – 20
1 Samuel 1:9–10 (NKJV)
9So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord.
10And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.
I Hearing but not knowing
1 Samuel 1:7 (NKJV)
7So it was, year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, that she provoked her; therefore she wept and did not eat.
John 10:27 (NKJV)
27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
Luke 8:18 (NKJV)
18Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
II How are we to hear God speaking to us in the preaching of His Word?
Ephesians 4:11–12 (NKJV)
11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
James 1:21–22 (NKJV)
21Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
1 Peter 2:1–2 (NKJV)
1Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
Colossians 4:2–4 (NKJV)
2Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
3meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,
4that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.