Receiving God’s Blessings; June 29, 2020

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

There is a lot in this verse. In the first place, it brings to mind Jesus’ instructions to ask, seek, and knock. (Matthew 7:7-8) In the second place (since the Japanese says, “things that exceed understanding”) it brings to mind Paul’s mention of God’s peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7) along with his statement of God’s power as he proclaims a doxology: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) You could say that blowing human minds is God’s specialty! And then we need to remember the context. Verse one tells is that God said this to Jeremiah while he was literally a prisoner of King Zedekiah. This was the same imprisonment during which God very pointedly said to Jeremiah, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” (Jeremiah 32:27) Our hardest moments can be times of deep revelation and great growth in faith. We have a lot of trouble remembering that God never picks on us, inflicting things capriciously or in spite. Rather, He allows the devil (who really wants to destroy us) to do things that He, God, knows will ultimately bless us. (Romans 8:28) In the middle of it all it may feel like the farthest thing from a blessing, but that is where faith comes in. The more we choose to trust God, the more we open ourselves up to the blessings God intends. If we let ourselves descend into bitterness and resentment, we miss the blessings entirely. Jeremiah had a level of intimacy with the Lord that is desirable indeed, but few people would volunteer to go through all that Jeremiah experienced in getting to that place of intimacy.

I don’t think I’m to Jeremiah’s level of intimacy with my Lord, but I’d certainly like to get there. I haven’t experienced his level of trials, and to be honest, I’m grateful for that. I desire to focus more and more fully on Him, seeking Him above and before everything else. I know from experience that doesn’t mean ignoring everything else, but rather putting it into its proper place in my consciousness and my priorities. I tend to be an information junkie, and the Information Age in which we live feeds that overwhelmingly. I need to let the Holy Spirit be the filter on my input so that I take in only what God wants me to assimilate. I tend to delight in human knowledge and achievement, and I’ve got to remember that one glimpse of my Lord in His glory will make all of that be dust by comparison. My thirst for knowledge needs to be for knowledge of God and the things He wants to show me that absolutely exceed human intellect.

Father, thank You for Your amazing grace in revealing Yourself to Your children. Of course You did that ultimately in Jesus Christ, (John 14:9-10) but You speak all sorts of details to us all the time. Help me receive all that You want to give, not just for my sake but for the sake of those to whom I minister, so that together we may be transformed into the children You want us to be, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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