"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3
What sweet and loving words: "Call to me". Those words sound like honey to my heart. I imagine an outreached hand, beckoning me to unload the burdening of my soul. So, what do burdens have to do with calling God? And how does this invitation -to call to Him- impact our lives? Because, my friend, there is victory in the calling.....
That request in Jeremiah 33:3 rang sweetly in my ears when I first heard it. Is it speaking right now to you? There was a longing in me to lighten the burden I was carrying and stop trying to bear it alone. God knew I needed to hear those words. And He knows that many of us struggle with giving control over to him. That's why he gives us this encouragement -to call to Him- in His Word (more than just once). That's why in Jeremiah 29:12, He tells us to call on Him and to pray. Have you called out to the Lord? I mean, really called out? Or are you trying to carry those burdens alone?
To call, in both Hebrew and Greek, is an audible action. It means not only to call out, but to cry unto. To invoke. To call a person by name. When we call or cry out to the Lord, we humbly seek Him, surrendering to Him in deep need. A deep need not only fueled with faith, but with the acknowledgement of His great power. It is full of the humble realization that without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5) and with Him all things are possible (Philippians 4:19).
If you answered "yes" to the last question above, and you haven't really called out for help for those burdens, what are you waiting for?
Call to Him, if your in a place of needing provision, guidance or peace.
Call to Him if you are feeling hopeless or anxious.
If your lost in the wilderness, or you need more strength, call Him.
Those words at the top of this post were meant for YOU. He requests you to speak from the depths of your soul and call His name. Call like Peter did when he was walking on the water, and began to sink in fear (Matthew 14:30-31). Cry out like the Israelites, as they suffered in slavery under Egypt's rule (Exodus 2:23-24). Call like Moses, thirsty, and in a desert with no water to drink (Exodus 15:25). Call like the disciples did to Jesus, when the sea began to rage (Mark 4:37-39). Cry out, in grief, as Elijah did when the widow's son (whom he had been staying with) passed away (1 Kings 17:20-22). Let the Lord hear you, too, like Elijah, after wandering into the wilderness, when you "have had enough" (1 Kings 19:3-8 ).
Why? Why call and cry out? Why not keep to only silent requests and communication? Because there is great hope in our calling out. And there is victory.
Jesus stretched out His hand and caught Peter.
He catches us, when we call out.
God delivered the Israelites from Egypt and slavery.
He delivers us, when we call out.
God provided water to drink for Moses and His people in the desert.
He provides for us, when we call out.
Jesus calmed the raging sea.
He calms us, when we call out.
God brought the widow's son back to life.
He gives us new life, when we call out.
God gave Elijah strength.
He gives us strength, when we call out.
And our victory? To those who call out the name of Jesus, this is the greatest "call out" you will make and the greatest victory: "If you declare with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9
If you have been holding back from calling to the Lord....if you want peace, provision, strength, and new life....if your burden is deep and your still holding on tight to it...make today the day you call out to the Lord. And He will answer you.
Blessings to you,
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