Call to Me and I will answer

Published 11:00 am Sunday, January 28, 2024

“Thus says the Lord Who made it, the Lord Who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name); Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” — Jeremiah 33:2&3 (NKJV)

What a shame it is to know that God, Who has done exceedingly, abundantly, more than we can even imagine, is waiting for us to cry out to Him so that He can show us even greater things. What a tragedy that God is waiting to reveal Himself to us in ways that we cannot misunderstand, and we are not crying out to Him for that knowledge. Is it any wonder that our nation and the world are in such a sad state of affairs?

God has the answers to all the “hard” questions, and we are ignoring Him as though He were some unwelcome intruder into our world. The first verse of our text tells us that this is His world, He made it, He formed it, He established it. He and He alone knows exactly what’s best for His creation. How long will God remain silent? Until we cry out to Him for His wisdom, or until we perish from our lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).

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Actually, it is far worse than a mere lack of knowledge; it is the lack of desire to know Who God is and what He has for those who earnestly desire a relationship with Him. We choose to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to what God is doing, and as a result we are, in a Spiritual sense, willfully ignorant of God’s will for us.

Imagine, if you will, a people who have access to all the wisdom in the world for the asking and refuse to avail themselves of it, and even deny that such a resource exists. Now you have a picture of many in the Church today.

When the Israelites refused to listen to God and enter the Promised Land, God took them into the wilderness, He took care of them, provided food and water, their clothes and sandals were preserved, but they who had refused to call out to Him and obey His leadership all died. No adults who had refused to hear entered the Promised Land. Are you crying out to God and listening to His wisdom, or, are you perishing from a lack of knowledge?

The Rev. Bobby Thornhill is a retired pastor.