One essential key to the watchman responding to God’s call is that he must listen to God’s voice.
Hearing is an important key success factor.
Hearing accurately and obey faithfully regardless of self. We can read a number of real life examples of watchman hearing God in the Bible. Today we read Samuel’s case.
I Samuel 3 recorded how the boy Samuel heard God when God called him. Samuel had served the Lord after he was weaned. He served the Lord though he was only a small boy. He slept in the tabernacle near the ark of God and heard the Lord speaking to him. He responded. As he grew up, the Lord was with him and everything he said proved reliable and he was confirmed as a prophet of the Lord. The Lord continued to give messages to him and Samuel’s words went out to all the people of Israel. Throughout Samuel’s lifetime the Lord’s powerful hand was raised against the Philistines, capture territories were restored to Israel, and there was peace between Israel and Amorites. (1 Samuel 7)
Samuel heard and talked to the Lord without hindrances. He spoke to the Lord about Israel wanting a king and the Lord told him what to do and he obeyed. When King Saul disobeyed God, Samuel heard from the Lord and duly anointed the next king, David to replace Saul.
Samuel’s conversation with God showed he did feel deep sympathy toward the first king, Saul. (1 Samuel 16:1) But he feared God more. In his farewell address, he reiterated this lifelong position and attitude: ““Now if you fear and worship the Lord and listen to his voice, and if you do not rebel against the Lord’s commands, then both you and your king will show that you recognize the Lord as your God.” (1 Samuel 12:14)
God has given Samuel all the gifts of the Holy Spirit abundantly to equip him to function over and above a king. But Samuel was never concerned with personal power, wealth or any gain. He merely listened to God and obey. (Incidentally he came from a well-to-do family and had no lack physically. He could have chosen a less stressful and wearisome life staying home and raising a proper godly family. But he sacrificed even his own family in that he spent much more time elsewhere praying and interceding for his nation on a circuit all his life as a judge.)
Some of the amazing signs and wonders proving his ability to listen, know and walk in the supernatural realm and indeed walked with God can be read in the following passages. He was not just a watchman, prophet, judge (military and governmental leader), he was a seer (a prophet who can see, hear and know spiritual matters, even things about the future in both spiritual and physical realm). He was no ordinary watchman. ““The Lord and his anointed one are my witnesses today,” Samuel declared, “that my hands are clean.” “Yes, he is a witness,” they replied.” (1 Samuel 12:5)
1 Samuel 10:1-9; 12:16-18