January 15, 2019: In a Prison but Free.

Jeremiah 33:1-3 (NIV)
1  While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time:
2  “This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it–the LORD is his name:
3  ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

 

Jeremiah was stuck in prison. Now into this situation, God speaks to Jeremiah and says, “Jeremiah, go ahead and ask me to do something great.  Go ahead and ask me to do something you have never seen before.”

Right! Like do you not see where I am, God?  I am in prison so what can you do for me here?

This is what many of us would retort, but not Jeremiah.  He had learned long ago that God could be trusted to respond even when things looked hopeless.

God says to ask him to restore the city of Jerusalem to a city where joy would overflow and vats of new wine would be abundant and the fields would produce more grain than anyone could imagine.

Yes, Jerusalem was going to be a city once more where joy and gladness and the worship of God would be the blessing for all the nations. Consider for one more moment how foolish this had to look to others who were observing all of this.

Jeremiah in prison and here he is crying out to God asking him to rebuild the city that was already in ruins and almost everyone carried off into captivity.  Do you see your own life in such a place as Jeremiah was?  Can God restore to you your joy even in the midst of such dead and lifeless circumstance?

All God asks is that you cry out to him and watch him work.  Now is as a good a time as any.

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