“The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: ‘Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it – the Lord is his name. Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.’” Jeremiah 33:1-3 (ESV)
Jeremiah was not in a good place. This was during the last years of King Zedekiah’s reign and he had put Jeremiah in prison for preaching the name of the Lord. This was during the final siege of the Babylonians against Jerusalem. Have you noticed something? We have talked about two people’s perspective on prayer other than Jesus this week and both of them were locked up. They were not in a good place. Paul was under house arrest and Jeremiah was in jail. Yet both of them were calling on the name of the Lord and they heard from Him. Jeremiah starts by recognizing who God is ~ He made the earth, he formed it and He established it! I think what Jeremiah was doing was recognizing that no matter how bad things may look God is still in control. Just like now, no matter how things may look to you, God is still in control. No matter if there is a worldwide pandemic going on, no matter who is sitting in the White House, no matter if you have lost your job or if gas gets to $5.00 a gallon, the Lord formed the earth and He establishes it and He is still in control!
One take away I think, when I notice these stories where these people are in a bad place yet they still are reaching out to God, is it makes me reflect on my own life. I think at times, God allows us to get into these tight spots, these situations and circumstances so that we WILL call on Him. I know for me personally, when I look back over my life I always learned more, and my relationship with Him always grew more during those times when I NEEDED God so much that I couldn’t help but call out to Him. My spiritual life is so much more at risk when things are going well. I will tend to fall into the trap of checking off the spiritual box and moving on with my day. When life is tough and when the hurts run deep, I seem to spend more quality time with God, where I search the scriptures and I seek answers. I don’t want to only call on Him in my need. The truth is, I need Him all the time, no matter if things are going crazy or if things are going well. I pray to recognize my need for Him every day, not just in the bad times!
This verse Jeremiah 33:3 is one of my favorites! (I know I have many favorites)!
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)
When we come to Him with a genuine heart and we call on Him, He does show great and mighty things. The ESV says “great and hidden things” or as in the NLT “remarkable secrets”. I really love that one. Praying is our lifeline, it is our communication with God and it is where we learn the remarkable things that He has for us!
I have mentioned many times on here I am a simple-minded woman. When I first began to study the scriptures, most of the time I could not follow along at all, and I am still no scholar! I try to handle the Word rightly and my greatest prayer is that I would! But I can tell you that what I have learned in scripture has been always preceded with a crying out to Him for Him to show me, to teach me to lead me and guide me in what I am reading. If you want to understand scripture, you must ask Him for understanding of scripture. It sounds too simple to put it in those terms but it is true.
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple;” Psalm 19:7