I need to “bubble over,” to share with someone what I saw in God’s Word this morning. Since the only person home with me right now is my mother-in-law, and she’s sleeping, I will spill over to you – my blog readers.
It was one of those times when I heard God’s word rather than just read it. I opened up a book this morning, and there in the front were these familiar words: “Call on me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJ) When I looked up the verse and read it in context, I noticed that it said, “the word of the Lord came to him a second time.” So I looked back a few verses to see what God had said to Jeremiah the first time. And these are His words: “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything to hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:26,27 NIV)
Talk about motivation to call on the Lord. I love that God first reminded Jeremiah of His unlimited ability to do anything. And then He urges Jeremiah to call on Him, with the assurance that He would answer in ways that were beyond anything Jeremiah could imagine.
I also love that when God spoke to Jeremiah the second time, He makes sure Jeremiah fully understands who’s speaking. “This is what the Lord says, He who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it —the Lord is His name.” He reminds him of some of the “anythings” that He has already done, and of who He is. He is the Lord!
Jeremiah’s circumstances were discouraging and depressing, but God challenges him in the midst of those circumstances to call on Him, to trust that He’ll answer, and to expect great and mighty things. And God is still the same. He still urges us to call on Him. He still reminds us that He can do anything. And He still is Lord.