“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,” – Jeremiah 33:3
With five children in my house I hear a lot of “Hey dad!” throughout the day. Most of them consist of things like, “Hey dad! Can you get me a snack?” or “Hey dad! Can you help me tie my shoe?” or “Hey dad! Can you fix this thing I broke?” But with a couple teenagers in the house, I have noticed those requests begin to change. I now hear things like, “Hey dad, my teacher said this about God the other day. Is it true?” or “Hey dad, my friend needs help and I don’t know what to tell them.” or “Hey dad, what do you do when someone is mad at you?” When my children are young, their requests seem to be very tangible and fairly self-centered. However, as they mature I see them coming to me more and more for wisdom.
In Jeremiah 33:3 we see a verse that begins in a very familiar way, “Call to me and I will answer you.” We have this phrase several times in Scripture and we often love to quote those passages because they say something like, “I will answer you and I will rescue you.” or “I will answer you and I will heal you.” But in Jeremiah 33:3 we have something a little different; God promises to answer us and tell us unsearchable things. This is a promise from God that when we call to him he will give us wisdom. How often is that your prayer? How often do you call out to God simply because you desire to know more? How often is your request to him simply a request for wisdom? As we mature, we have a deeper desire for what God has to teach more than simply desiring the tasks he can perform for us. And if you are not crying out in this way, you are truly missing a blessing because the verse right before this (Jeremiah 33:2) says the one we are asking for wisdom is the “He who made the earth – the LORD who established and formed it.” This is the Father we have and he deeply desires to pour out his wisdom on us!
Heavenly Father, teach us! Tell us great and unsearchable things. Reveal to us the things we do not know. Mature us to a place where our “Hey Dad” moments are more than simply cries for you to accomplish something for us, but they are a desire to hear from the One who formed the earth in His hands.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon