What’s God’s telephone number? Someone asked me this question when I in college? I had no idea exactly how to respond, the perplexed expression on my face prompted my friend to answer his own question with “Jere333,” and preceded to tell me to look up Jeremiah 33:3 and I did! Here it is:
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
What a promise from the Father to His followers, He will answer when we call out to Him. This morning in my daily Psalm reading David made this statement:
“When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.”
Jesus takes this promise to heart. Right after He was baptized in the Jordan, likely still soaking wet, He calls out to His Father in prayer (Luke 3:21). The Father was pleased with the humility of His son’s spirit identifying with sinners in baptism and calling out to Him for help. The Father quickly responds by tearing apart the heavens, filling Jesus up with the Holy Spirit, and speaking words of love and affirmation over Him (Mark 1:10-11). What an incredible picture!
Throughout the Gospels Jesus continues to demonstrate to us the overriding principle for Following the Father, simply stated calling upon Him in prayer. On three public occasions-Jesus’ Baptism, the Transfiguration, and a prayer of preparation before the cross (John 12:28). Each time Jesus calls to His Father there is an audible voice, a voice that explodes through time and space with words of affirmation and love for His son Jesus the Messiah!
If Christ is in you then you have a Father who will rip open the heavens to speak with you when you call on Him. In fact your Father can’t wait to respond to you out of His infinite love for you. When I see that one of my kids have texted me or believe it or not actually called me I will do everything I can to respond right away. However I have to be honest and admit that I don’t respond immediately to everyone who may text or leave a voicemail, sorry L. But if it is my kids or my wife I am highly motivated by love and I find joy in answering. Your Father can’t wait to respond to you His child, bring to Him whatever is on your heart at this very moment.
To update to today’s terms try hashtag#jer333 and believe He will answer you and in His time will reveal to you great and unsearchable things of His love that is beyond your understanding.
Just incase you lost it, here it is again #jer333!