“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
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This devotional comes from Frank Eiklor’s one-year devotional book “Experiencing God’s Extravagance!” You may contribute and receive the book; click here for more information!
It could be possible to read this scripture and salivate with selfishness. But it won’t be fulfilled in our lives if the “great and mighty things” we want God to show us are made of silver, gold, wood and steel to be gained only for our pleasure and not for His plan. No, God has something greater in store for us – just as He did for Jeremiah in challenging him to call on the God who is all, knows all, and does all. (Note that our promise does not say, “I will give you,” but instead, “I will show you…”) The Lord longs to tell some of His secrets to those who are intimate with Him. That’s why He tells the prophet “Call – I will answer – and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know…” (Amplified). Then He opens Jeremiah’s eyes to Israel’s glorious future under the rule of Messiah – news that had to encourage the weeping prophet in his denouncing of Israel’s present sin. God unveiled to Jeremiah “tomorrow” so that the prophet would better grasp God’s plan for his “today.”
If you and I will cry, call and commit to the Lord Jesus, the Holy Spirit will take us far beyond the mere making of a living and making it through another day. He will speak to us concerning His coming Kingdom — of what lasts and what doesn’t — of great tests ahead for Christians and how to prepare — of the lateness of the hour and the prophetic signposts that prove it. In short, He will show us more of Himself, His power and His glory. These are the “great and mighty things” of eternity that count, not the lesser and insignificant things of time that fade and disappear.
“I cry for more of You, my Lord, and I commit all to You in a fresh dedication. Now instruct me in how to call on You so that You might open my eyes to what I have never known or seen.”
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