The Lord continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word” (1 Samuel 3:21 NIV).
These are days of signs and miracles and wonders. Most people think that God reveals Himself to them through such great happenings. It is true that God at times does reveal Himself in such ways. But the Bible teaches us a more excellent way.
Before you learn that way, it is important to note that God never exhibits His power just for the sake of impressing people. If you carefully read the Bible, you will find that all of God’s awesome displays of His power and strength were to meet some need of His people or terrify their enemies. In fact, God uses His power only when there is a purpose to do so.
On the other hand, the method that God chooses to raise up a man of God; a man with vision, a man who can shoulder responsibility, a man for the need of the hour, a man on whom His Spirit can rest, and a man of purity and great moral authority, is through His Word. Signs and miracles and wonders cannot create such a man. As you look at the life of young Samuel, you’ll see that God continued to appear to him at Shiloh. Instead of performing great signs before him, God chose to reveal Himself to Samuel through His word. Probably, Samuel had access to the first five books of the Bible at that time. God might have instructed Samuel on the wondrous things contained in them; for in Samuel, God found a listening capability.
If you too are willing to listen to God when He speaks, He will instruct you through His Word. Read and meditate much upon God’s Word with a listening, humble and prayerful attitude and you’ll find God revealing Himself to you.