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Notifications Silenced

I expected an important call earlier this week, so I turned my phone off vibrate. The call came and went.

Later, that same day, I kept hearing a peculiar sound: “Buh-ding!” What’s that and where’s it coming from?

It was my phone telling me I had a message. I hear it so seldom I didn’t know what it was!

Remember the Bible story about young Samuel, who ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest?

In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions.

1 Samuel 3:1 (NIV)

The Israelites had their notifications from God silenced.

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

1 Samuel 3:7 (NIV)

The young prophet-to-be was off vibrate—tuned in to God— but when he heard the heavenly equivalent of “Buh-ding!” he didn’t know what it was. Yet later, after Eli clued Samuel in to the unique sound of a “Most High” phone on full alert, the Bible says this:

The Lord was with Samuel as he grew up, and he let none of Samuel’s words fall to the ground.

1 Samuel 3:19 (NIV)

Kind reader, whether our spiritual phones are on vibrate or going “Buh-ding!” all day long, the most important thing is to never turn them off completely.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ Prayers and love.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

35 replies on “Notifications Silenced”

Sorry it took me so long to approve your comment and to reply, Dawn. Sometimes it feels like I haven’t heard from God in awhile but then I hear from Him a whole lot. Thank you for sharing! God Bless.

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Thank you, Beth. I knew there was an object lesson in there somewhere, when I realized the sound I kept hearing was my phone dinging. Any devotional that passes the “teenage test” must be in the right track. God Bless!

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“The Israelites had their notifications from God silenced.” Wow David! This would make an incredible object lesson for a youth group. I had my teenage daughter read it. She said, “That’s good. . .(pause in reflection). That’s really good.”

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I hope I miss way more calls on my phone than when God attempts to speak to me. I have a very old phone and on vibrate it only vibrates. No other notifications. it’s a good thing God doesn’t just give up on getting my attention. Good illustration David

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Sorry for the delay in approving your comment. I’m currently having connectivity issues. I am always grateful for your thoughts! Yes, open to God’s grace—at whatever level we are able—is paramount. Thank you for sharing.

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I replied to this earlier but can’t see my reply so sorry if I’m repeating myself!! I wanted to emphasize how important it was to be open to receiving and appreciating the grace of God. Something I am incredibly grateful for 🙂

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I have the buh-ding set on my phone, and now set on my spirit. I don’t want to miss anything God has to say! Except when I’m at the ranch, I have no cell service, so I turn my phone off. But I always get 5 bars when God calls!

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I relish the quiet times with God, too, Betty. Usually this means early in the morning—just Him and me. I must be careful not to wake up grouchy, though. I let her sleep as long as she wants. 🥁
Buh dump dump 😃

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Thank you, Bridget. You’re right, sometimes we turn off God’s notifications unknowingly. While there have been other times when I willfully silenced them. It’s a good thing God doesn’t give up on us! I appreciate your reading and commenting. God Bless.

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This is a much needed post and lesson, David. I fear many of us do turn off God’s notifications. Sometimes knowingly and sometimes not. May we learn to be sensitive to the notifications the Lord sends our way. Thank you! Excellent post!

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