After serving for many years in South Africa, missionary Robert Moffat returned to Scotland in the early 1800s to recruit more missionaries. When he arrived at one church on a cold winter night, only a small group of women had turned out to hear him. While he was grateful for their interest, he’d hoped to challenge the men of the community to consider serving the tribes in that foreign land.
Still, Moffat preached his prepared message on Proverbs 8:4. “Unto you, O men, I call” (KJV). Toward the end of his sermon the missionary noticed a young boy in the congregation. Although no one volunteered to go to Africa that evening, the little boy was deeply moved by the challenge. That night the boy promised God he would follow in the footsteps of the missionary. True to his word, when he grew up, he went and ministered to the tribes of Africa.
That boy’s name was David Livingstone, and he became one of the world’s greatest missionaries and adventurers.
In the Bible we read about another boy who heard a divine call. His name was Samuel. And because he followed God’s call, he changed his world.
What about you? Whose voice are you listening to?
Sometimes our problem is not that we have not heard the voice of God, but that we have not followed through with what he has said. One reason for that, I have discovered, is fear. We go back to the words of the enemy in the Garden of Eden, who asked, “Did God really say . . .?”
Raymond Edman said, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.” In other words, when times become challenging, we must not turn our backs on God. In this life, we go through a lot of dark valleys. Those are the moments when we need to remember the God of the light. Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.
Whose voice are you listening to?