CALL TO ME
READ: Jeremiah 33:1-3
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble,
I will rescue them and honor them. Psalm 91:15 (NRSV)
Jeremiah was in prison when he received this communiqué from
God. Almost as interesting as what was said was what was not said,
there was no promise of eminent release!! Just a promise he would answer
Many of us when we are in our self-constructed prisons feel isolated
and find ourselves despairing of our situation. Whatever the
circumstances leading to our incarceration whether it was through sins
of omission or commission, this is the time our attention often turns
to God. Usually through a form of a plea, Get me out of this situation!
Sometimes we will even try to bargain for our freedom, If you do this
Lord, I will _____. Occasionally, we will even provide him with detailed
instructions for our deliverance!
Seldom do we consider that the imprisonment is exactly what God
desires for us. He has our attention and presents a great opportunity
for communing with us. God is always more interested in establishing a
relationship with us than delivering us from our situation. The potential
lessons that we are to learn through our captivity are considerably more
valuable for our spiritual growth than any miraculous deliverance from
our suffering or problems.