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Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you” is not a foreign verse of Scripture to most. In fact, it often quoted as the life verse for many believers because they give us the guarantee that God hears and answers our prayers.
The best part about these kinds of verses is that we can rest assured knowing one day we will see great things from Him! But what does this even mean? What do those words really look like in practice? Does this apply only to me or every person who has ever lived on earth with faith in Christ Jesus?! Let’s explore these questions together by looking at Jeremiah 33:1-3.
Call to Me and I Will Answer You: The Historical and Cultural Background of This Verse
During this time in history, Jeremiah was God’s prophet, and the children of Israel were in Babylonian captivity due to sin, disobedience, idolatry.
They are now living the promised punishment that had been prophesied year after year for their continual sins against the Lord.
Jeremiah has warned them time and again, but they have rejected his message instead imprisoning him. In jail, behind prison walls is where God speaks to His Prophet Jeremiah and invites him to pray.
It is time and time again when God sends messages of warning to His people. But for every message, they turn a deaf ear refusing to repent from their wicked ways.
In this text, the Prophet Jeremiah was in prison bound by chains with his thoughts being clouded with confusion as he feels abandoned by all who should be standing beside him like an army against evil forces that come at night ripping souls away like wild animals hunting prey while those on earth are safe laying down without fear or pain knowing nothing but peace until morning comes where there will no longer be any tears; only joyous faces looking back into tomorrow’s sunrays lighting up hope anew once more.
Let’s look a bit deeper at this verse.
In verse 2, God declares Himself to Jeremiah by reminding him that He was the all-powerful God, who created, and formed all things. God invited Jeremiah to call unto Him and promised that He would answer him. There is no doubt that Jeremiah, while sitting in prison for sharing the message of God, was struggling in his mindset. Speaking truth had only brought him sorrow and frustration. There was a time where Jeremiah told God that he would no longer speak in His name (Jeremiah 20:9).
Jeremiah watched his countrymen ignore God and continue on in their sin. It appeared that people were getting away with sin, false prophets looked spiritual, redemption was a joke, and the people of God were hopeless. Then God invited Jeremiah to look at His power and to inquire of Him what He would do about it (verse 3). He told Jeremiah that He would SHOW it to him.
For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah, which have been pulled down to fortify against the siege mounds and the sword: They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but only to fill their places with the dead bodies of men whom I will slay in My anger and My fury, all for whose wickedness I have hidden My face from this city. Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
I will cause the captives of Judah and Israel to return. I’ll cleanse them from all their iniquity which they have sinned against me and pardon every transgression that both nations has committed against my law. (Jeremiah 33:4-8)
God’s message to Jeremiah is that judgment must come first and redemption second. Though the passage in verses 4-5, you can see God’s wrathful side shine through as he goes from promising great things for those who follow him back to his anger about people dying on Earth without fulfilling their purpose.
We all want to jump to verses 6-17 and read about healing, abundance of peace and truth, rebuilding, pardoning sin. Why the doom in verses 4-5? God cannot perform any great or mighty things until He has dealt with our sins.
People can’t heal when they are wounding their souls with constant sinning. Neither will people find peace or truth if they keep ignoring what is true for them–the only way we’ll be able open up these great blessings without having a setback first is by completely turning around from following after this sinful world!
God wants to show all of us great and mighty things. Often, we pray and ask God to heal, rebuild, restore and show mercy just to see the opposite take place. We cry out for him when he doesn’t respond because it’s hard not knowing what is going on or why these terrible things are happening in our lives–but this is how Jeremiah felt while he was in prison!
The truth is that before anything happens at all about verses 6-17 (the ones where God promises “greater mercies than they have yet known”), He has deal with sin first so there can be a way back from death through resurrection into eternal life! Do you remember what god promised in verse 3?
Take a look again, “I will SHOW you.” Take a look at verse 6, “BEHOLD.” The promise has finally arrived! God now begins to do the work of great and mighty things all the way down to verse 17.
In the midst of all these great promises, there is one that stands out above them all: He describes in verses 15-16 how Jesus Christ comes from David’s lineage “to execute judgment and righteousness in earth.” It talks about his future coming based on descriptions for Jesus’ powerful acts here on Earth when he returns as Judgment Day approaches.
…which you do not know. (Jer. 33:3)
We do not always see what God is doing behind the scenes. Yet, He invites us to call unto Him and trust him anyway. “He promises,” Jeremiah 33:3 reads”…call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”. But I don’t want us to miss the source of it all! It’s Jesus Christ–the answer for Israel in this text at least; but also, who he is now – our present solution as well!!
Do we have eyes that can comprehend fullness? No. Perhaps in eternal life then one might be able to fully observe such a thing … or even imagine it.
God must deal with the sin, first. It is also important to note that this sin was not caused by Jeremiah but rather it was the sins of Israel. Like all sins they affect everyone involved and unfortunately, even though he did nothing wrong at all there were still effects on him as well when you think about how God does his work purging before bringing salvation.
I will never understand why a being like Him would do so much for us in our life because we are just sinful humans who have done absolutely no good things whatsoever yet He still wants to save us from ourselves; such an amazing act if you ask me!
Obedience will save us all from the miseries of verses 4-5 and actually speed up the process of verses 6-17. But if we choose disobedience and God has to step in to deal with us, we should rejoice! If we respond to Him dealing with our sin properly, great things are around corner for even those of us who failed. However, if you harden your hearts against him as Israel did at Jeremiah 33:5., expect a tragic story like that one when He steps in on behalf Himself.
God wants to do something big; call unto Him today!
Call to Me and I will Answer You – How it Applies to You
Prayer is God’s phone number. It is His line of communication with you and me, Prayer offers up our invitation to direct access to Him in heaven, through prayer He promises the mighty work that will happen on our behalf.
The world is in desperate need of the Lord. America is in desperate need of God. There’s an urgent call for all to come together and unify as one body, that we might not only “call upon the lord” but also see with our own eyes just how much it matters when a righteous man petitions his creator-that he will hear us and answer!
God invites you on today to “call to me and I will answer you” for He promises to hear you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.
Come and call on the Lord today for He is waiting to hear from you! Whatever need or issue may arise in your life as this morning comes, do not fear.
The Almighty One has promised that if we come and call upon Him, then “He will answer us” with words of healing comfort which brings peace to our hearts. Come now; be fearless- there are great things yet unknown ahead.
What I have learned about seeking God through prayer is the fact that it MUST become a habit day in and day out and all throughout the day.
Prayer does not need to be loud or boisterous, just whispering will suffice as long as you are diligent with your words of commitment to our Heavenly Father.
Do you need strength? Ask Him who freely gives help to everyone who asks sincerely from their heart! The same goes for wisdom; if ever today’s been one where we needed some guidance or clarity, then ask our loving Lord for His infinite counsel because He promises us never-ending love when we draw closer towards Him here on Earth by coming boldly before His throne – don’t let anything stop you.
Today is the day and now is the time to get connected to God through “PRAYER”!
I really enjoyed this song by Nathaniel Bassey”
Call to me and I will answer you….
When we are faced with that feeling of utter inadequacy, it can be difficult to humble ourselves and allow God into the depths of our innermost thoughts. Even though He is already well aware of what goes on inside us, he wants us to tell him about how you feel as if he’s hearing this for the very first time.
Why would he do such a thing? Because He not only just wants your friendship- but also a personal relationship with Him! The all-powerful creator who brought everything in existence specifically desires each individual person to talk to Him personally; something so comforting knowing someone cares about me enough to care what I have going on within myself. My hurts, my fears and my joys!
As patient as God is waiting on us to call upon Him, we too should wait on Him, trusting and believing that He will answer us. His timing is far beyond what we can understand. Waiting on your answer could take a couple hours or it could be revealed to you years later in your life., notice that God tells us He will give the answers–not just unfulfilled promises of things he won’t do.
Sometimes what seem like good ideas for our lives might not always be his plans for you! We only see what’s right in front of ourselves, but god sees all from beginning to end!
Regardless of whether or not the answer to your prayers is a “yes,” “no,” or a “not right now,” He will give you an answer when you ask Him. He says to call to me and I will answer you! He will! So we must call upon him!
“…and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” — Those great and unsearchable things we do not know go far deeper than the basic earthly facts of our lives like where we will live, what our jobs will be, or if we’ll get married. Through prayer God will show you the greatness of His love for you, His unending faithfulness, His unwavering mercy and grace, the truth of His ways, and how dear you are to Him.
Through prayer and a relationship, God refines us into His disciples!
As a believer and within our own families how can we apply this verse to our prayer lives? It starts when you call to God and begin praying for your family. We are called to pray for those around us. Start with your own household? Get your family together and unite as one.
Pray for your kids, your parents, and your siblings. Pray for your neighbors. The Bible says that for where two or more are gathered, there God is also (Matthew 18:20). God joins us when we gather together. What better way to strengthen your prayer life than to gather with your loved ones and talk to the One who loves you the most!
I encourage you to start this prayer with me and finish it in your own heart to Him:
Nine Lessons About Prayer
When you call to Him, He will answer you so:
#1: Make prayer a daily habit. Pray every day. Throughout the day, but also try to set aside some time at the same time daily. I like to do it in the morning and right at bedtime. (not including prayer over meals). If you miss a day, don’t let it get to you. Just start over, day by day by day, until prayer becomes a habit.
#2: Choose a place and time for prayer. As mentioned above, I pray in the morning, in my office, where my Bibles and journals are. At night, I pray in bed. Choose what works best for you. It may even be in the car while you drive to work.
#3: Gather what you think you’ll need: your Bible, notebook, pen and devotional materials. As you call to Him, expect Him to answer – even if it is a verse that you open to that you just know He guided you to. If He does, you’ll want to write it down.
#4: Begin by reading God’s Word. Some people pray first, then read the Bible. I always begin by asking God to reveal to me what He wants me to Know. Then pray again. Others, read the Bible first, then pray.What God says to you is more important than what you say to God. Your prayer will be enlivened and instructed when you get into the Word of God. Keep in mind that this is YOUR relationship with God. Do what you feel led to do. Be sure to read Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you” as a reminder of His promises.
#5: Pray throughout the day. “Pray without ceasing.” Pray as you drive, do the dishes, mop the floors. Pray throughout your day. Just simply have a conversation with God – even sharing what you are doing. The more you get in the habit of praying throughout the day, the easier it will become.
#6: Keep a journal with your prayer request and answered prayers. I love mine from Paper Sunday – not only does it have sections for both prayers and answered prayer but also is customized with your name in scripture.
I keep a journal where I enter my prayers and prayer requests. It is amazing to look back and see all that God has done in your life and the lives of those you prayer for. many prayers God has answered. When I listen to God, when He says “Call to me and I will answer you”, I know He means it and I love to keep a record of how He answer
#7: Put on the whole armor of God. Prayer is warfare. All the artillery of hell will come against you when you pray. The doorbell rings, your heart starts to pound, and you start thinking of what to make for dinner. But with prayer’s help, we have what it takes to stand firm in our faith at any time or place by putting on the whole armor of God as Paul says in Ephesians 6:13.
#8. Pray out loud. If you pray “in your head”, you may be like me, and your mind starts to wander. When you pray out loud, you are less likely to have a wandering mind.
#9: If your mind wanders, pray about that. Thoughts will come to you like; I must remember that; I need to do this. Here’s a secret that works wonderfully. If the thing drawing your attention away from your prayer is that important, evidently, it’s really on your mind, so pray about it. The thing distracting me becomes the focal point of my prayer. Then return to your original prayer.
Prayer is the most powerful tool in existence and God will answer any prayer you have. There’s no problem too big for your prayers to solve, nothing that lies outside of our reach when we pray!
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons that we have as Christians. It can be fired from any spot, and it will always find its target, whether you see an answer right away or not remember your prayers are constantly working to bring about divine intervention in all areas of our lives!
The Satan has no defense against prayer; there’s nothing he can do to stop us if we keep on believing God’s promises for mercy and healing over sin.
One further note about “calling to God”
I recently read about some children in a Sunday School class who wrote letters to a missionary to let him know they were praying for him. The teacher of the class said, “Now, children, the missionary is a very busy person, so don’t expect him to write you back.” One little girl’s letter read, “Dear Brother Brown, We’re praying for you. We don’t expect an answer.”
Sadly, this is how we pray! We don’t really expect an answer. But God has promised He will answer us when we call upon His name. Psalm 91:15 says, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.”
- What are you praying for today?
- Do you believe that God can answer?
- Do you believe that He will answer?
- Then thank Him now for answering.
You may enjoy one of these recommended resources to remind you that He say “Call to me and I will answer you”. Perhaps a dedicated journal or a book to help you dive deeper.