Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know (Jeremiah 33:3 NASB).
Friend to Friend
It was an unusual phone call from my son, Steven. He was in the second week of his second semester, his third year in college.
“Hey mom, this is Steven. I just wanted to call and say ‘hello.’ I haven’t talked to you in a while and wanted to see how you were doing.”
“Hey bud,” I replied. “How are you? How are your classes? Do you like your professors?”
We volleyed questions and answers back and forth. It was a nice intro, and I kept waiting for the request such as, “could you put an extra $50 in my account for another Philosophy book I had to buy,” or “does my car insurance go up if I get a parking ticket.” But those types of questions never came.
“Mom, how are you doing?”
“What have you been up to this week?”
“How’s the new book coming?”
After about fifteen minutes into our conversation, I reluctantly asked, “Is everything OK?”
“Yea,” he chuckled. “I just called to talk. Are you surprised?”
“Sort of,” I sheepishly admitted. “But it is a wonderful surprise!”
A few minutes later we said our “goodbyes” and “I love yous.” Then I sat there and savored the joy of knowing that my son had called…not because he needed anything or had a problem to solve, but just because he loved me.
Then I heard a message from God deep within my heart. Let me paraphrase it for you.
“Sharon, I want you to remember how you feel at this moment. Your son, whom you love more than life itself, has just called to talk to you…not because he wanted anything, not because he had a question about a decision or a detail of life, not because he had a problem to solve. He called just to talk, simply to see what was on your heart—because he loves you. That, my child whom I love more than life, is the same way I feel when you talk to me—not because you want something, not because you have a question about a decision or a detail of life, not because you have a problem to solve. That is how I feel when you talk to Me simply because you love Me.”
God says to us in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (NIV).
Another translation says it this way: “Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish” (AMP).
It is an amazing truth that the Creator of the entire universe wants to hear from you, talk to you, and has answers for you. He won’t ghost you, put you on hold, or let your call go to voicemail. He will answer. He’s been waiting for your call all day long.
Dear Father, I love You. That’s really all I want to say today. I love You, not because of what You do, but because of who You are…my Heavenly Father.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Have you told God you love Him lately? If not, one of the best ways to praise Him is to use the names of God found in the Bible. Let’s look at a few. I’ll give you the Hebrew name found in the Old Testament and the English translation.
“God we praise you that you are:
- Jehovah – The Self Existent Onewho had no creator and was before all things (Exodus 3:13-16)
- Jehovah-Raah – The Lord my Shepherdwho takes care of me (Psalm 23)
- Jehovah-Jireh – The Lord will Providewho provides for my every need (Genesis 22:8, 14)
- Jehovah-Shalom– The Lord is Peace who gives peace beyond human understanding (Judges 6:24)
- Jehovah-Rophe – The Lord Who Heals physically, emotionally, and spiritually (Exodus 15:26)
- Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The Lord Our Righteousnesswho cleanses us from all our sin (Jeremiah 23:6)
- Jehovah-Shammah – The Lord is Thereand Who will never leave us alone (Ezekiel 48:35)
- Jehovah-Nissi – The Lord my BannerWho brings victory in all my spiritual battles (Exodus 17:15)
- Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The Lord who Sanctifiesand sets us apart (Leviticus 20:8)
More from the Girlfriends
Sharon has two fabulous resources to help you know God better. Knowing God by Name—written by Sharon, Gwen, and Mary of the GiG team—is filled with devotions about the various names of God.
Also, she has a laminated card filled front and back with names of God that is a powerful resource for your prayer time.
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Thanks, Sharon, for this wonderful teaching message! I cried reading your story talking to your son on the phone. I have a son too who is in the Navy, and I pictured this conversation happening to me. He is not a Christian but says to believe in God and allows me to pray for him the very scarce times we are on the phone.
I will dedicate my prayer time today to praise our Lord, God Almighty, Powerful Savior!
Thank you, Sharon. This is a great reminder of a counselor’s advice.
She said, when you pray say a prayer of praise, so here’s my prayer for us, ” Dear God, I don’t want to ask you for anything in this moment but just to say, Thank You and I am grateful for all you have done for me. I can’t say I love you enough. You have given me this moment, just to sit in Your presence. I trust You today for guidance. Amen.”