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.





35 responses to “Notifications Silenced”

  1. Dawn Avatar

    That’s ok. You’re welcome ☺️

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Amen, brother!


  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. As you say, may Jehovah bless you.

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  4. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    This is a great lesson, David.

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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  6. Dawn Avatar

    Thanks David! A needed reminder to have our ears tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He speaks often, we just need to listen.

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Agreed, Gary. I don’t want to miss a single notification from God. Thank you, and God Bless!

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  9. Musings&Roses Avatar

    May we continually remain tune in to Him. Blessings!

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  10. Beth Alisan Avatar

    “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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  11. Gary Fultz Avatar

    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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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Oops! I meant we should not limit how God can speak to us.


  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  14. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    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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  15. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Yes …. how sad that would be.

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  16. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Truth. Thanks, Matt. God Bless!

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  17. jesusluvsall Avatar

    God is always speaking to us we just need to pay attention

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    So true. The point is not to shut the door on his grace completely. Thank you for reading and sharing. God Bless.


  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Exactly, Barb. We should limit how we think God can speak to us. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, brother. Keeping a line, of some sort, open to God is key. Thankfully, our Heavenly Father has more than one way to notify us. God’s best to you!

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Five bars when God calls. I love it!

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  22. God Still Speaks Avatar

    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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  23. Alan Kearns Avatar

    What a very pertinent analogy taken from mobile culture David! May we always have our notifications from Heaven’s Realms switched on so that we may hear them. God bless you brother🙏

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  24. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Listen for God to speak in the mundane, in the exciting and in the pain. He always has a plan!

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  25. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Thankfully, God doesn’t just leave a voice mail. He keeps calling us back again and again. If he doesn’t get our attention one way, he tries something else 🙂

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  27. Betty Avatar

    For me, quiet time is needed to listen for notifications – and then to reflect. Nice post, David.

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I get sidetracked, as well, Manu. It’s so easy to lose focus. Thank you for stopping by today. God Bless!

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  29. Manu Avatar

    Keeping ourselves attuned to notifications from God- I hope to but I know I get sidetracked and lose focus. A good reminder David.

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  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    This one is a bit harder for me, but I’m trying.

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  31. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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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  32. BG Avatar

    Focus turned on!

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  33. BG Avatar

    Buh-ding! Vibrate notifications from heaven turned on! Good stuff!

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  34. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    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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