Jeremiah 32:26–27 (NASB95)
26 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?”
Jeremiah 33:1–3 (NASB95)
1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying,
2 “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name,
3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
These two passages relate a dialogue between God and Jeremiah. The context is that the Lord told Jeremiah to buy a field and put away the deed for safekeeping because one day he would be able to lay claim to it. The ironic thing is that God gave Jeremiah the command while the Babylonians had Jerusalem under siege and King Zedekiah had incarcerated Jeremiah for prophesying that the city would be destroyed and its inhabitants taken away into exile.
It doesn’t seem to be the best time to be making a real estate investment does it? And that’s why Jeremiah questioned the Lord about it. In essence he was saying, “Why did you tell me to buy this field when you have also told me that this city will soon be nothing but rubble?” Even though it was the Lord speaking, Jeremiah was having a hard time comprehending. And who can blame him? Sometimes it’s difficult to accept something as truth when circumstances are indicating something totally different. I’m certain we have all been there at one time or another.
So to help Jeremiah in his understanding, God reminded Jeremiah who he was talking to. The LORD (Hebrew yhwh) was the memorial name that God gave himself when he met Moses at the burning bush. It is the proper name of the one and only true God. He also reminded Jeremiah that he is the God of all flesh, in other words he is sovereign over all humanity and thereby is in total control of all that takes place in this world. But not only is he sovereign over all people, he is also sovereign over all creation. Basically, he said, “In case you have forgotten, the one who told you to purchase the field is the same one who created the field and the same one who will orchestrate history so that one day you will reclaim the field.” Looking at the situation from God’s perspective, we recognize that the question, “Is anything too difficult for me?” is merely rhetorical.
Then the Lord answers Jeremiah’s incredulity by offering him this promise in the form of a challenge – “Call to me. If you don’t understand, or are having trouble believing then ask.” And what will he do when Jeremiah asks? “I will answer you and show you incredible, hidden things beyond your wildest imagination. I will let you in on what I’m going to do.” And that’s what he does in the chapters following.
This exchange between God Almighty and his prophet was not for Jeremiah’s sake only. The Lord desires to converse with us as well. It is awe-inspiring to realize that the God of the universe, creator and sustainer of everything, will answer us if we call upon Him. Not only will he answer us when we call, but he won’t waste our time with idle chitchat about stuff that doesn’t matter. He will tell us great and hidden things. Things that will blow us away when we hear them. Things that we would not believe if we didn’t believe they came from God. Knowing that God wants to share with me certainly inspires me to call on Him more often. I want to know great and mighty things. I want my faith stretched and strengthened so I can do great things, not for my sake but for his glory. I want to see and do things that I never would dream of.
Father God, cure me of my smallness and small mindedness by telling me great and mighty things. Enable me to do great and mighty things for your glory and the furtherance of your kingdom.