Hope for the People of God

‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ Jer. 33:3 (MSG)

Text: Jeremiah 33:1-9

Have you found yourself in a place where you have asked whether God is really concerned about you? Where things seem to be getting from bad to worse and there is no indication they will get better any time soon? In this passage we discover that the nation of Israel was in that state. Their socio-political and religious condition has been on a downward spiral for many years courtesy of the poor and wicked rulers they have had. In fact the incumbent king is so wicked that he has arrested Prophet Jeremiah because Jeremiah tells the king the truth he does not want hear.  Jeremiah’s bound (verse 1) but God’s word is not bound! Israel is about to face one of the darkest moments in its history: exile. But this is not the end of the story. In fact the crux of the story is that after suffering, Israel shall be restored. This is not a story about Israel’s failure (and fail they did); it is a story about God’s faithfulness.

God’s Promise: Call to me (verse 3)

God gives Israel an invitation; “Call to me” and an assurance, “I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (verse 3). We live in a world that places a high value on connections and networks.  Let’s suppose that in your networks you have one of the powerful people in your nation (whoever that is).  Supposing he/she gave you his/her business card and told you, “you are free to call me anytime about anything and you have my word that your request will be granted.” What would you do with such an offer? What would you ask?  But here we are talking about God, the creator of the universe (verse 2).  All the discoveries of quantum science, microbiology, astronomy and other disciplines, cannot fathom the depth and wonder of God’s creation. Yes, it is this God who tells you,Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (verse 3).

God’s Justice:  (verses 4 – 5)

God is holy and just. He hates sin because it is incompatible with his character. Therefore, God directs his wrath towards sin. So, God declares: I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness (verse 5). Israel would go to exile because of their rebellion.

God’s Mercy: (verses 6 – 9)

Because of the mercies of God we do not receive what we deserve.  God promises his people at least three blessings:

  1. Prosperity: health, healing, peace and security. I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security (verse 6).
  2. Restoration. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before (verse 7).
  3. Forgiveness. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me (verse 8).  

The end of God’s blessings is that His people will bring glory to his name. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it (verse 9).

When things are dark and gloomy, all you do is to call on the name of the Lord. He will hear and answer you. He is faithful!

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