Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying, Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”┬áJeremiah 33:1-3

What great promises are contained in the precious Word of God! In our Scripture, we are reminded of God’s comfort in times of difficulty. Jeremiah was a prisoner “shut up in the court of the prison.” It is so reassuring to know that we are never out of God’s sight or His thoughts. We have His promise that He will be with us always, never leaving us nor forsaking us. Sometimes, in our darkest and most trying times, we might be tempted to doubt or question God’s goodness. We are reminded here that God’s Word can come to us wherever we are. The “word of the LORD” came to Jeremiah when he was alone, confined to a prison, and his message was being rejected.

God gave Jeremiah an invitation with associated promises. The Lord instructs Jeremiah to “Call unto me.” What a blessed privilege we have in prayer, especially when we are in despair! God wants us to pray. In the familiar hymn, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” we are reminded of this great privilege: What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer! Oh, what peace we often forfeit, Oh, what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer!

Not only does Jeremiah receive an exhortation to pray, but also an assurance that God will answer and “shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” There are many things we do not know or understand, especially about the difficulties we often face in life. Although we will never understand everything in this life, there are things that God wants to show us if we will ask Him. The promises of God are true. When we are in need of wisdom, we can ask God and seek His counsel and His grace. He assures us that He can show us what we need to know. God wants us to call upon Him at all times and in every situation, but we are especially encouraged to pray in those exceptionally trying times.