|Connect to God Despite the Constraints of Life
By Greg Sanders
Jeremiah 33:1 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the Lord gave him this second message: 2 “This is what the Lord says—the Lord who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the Lord: 3 Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.
Life does not have to be cool, calm, and comfortable to hear the voice of God. This is good news to me personally because very little of my life goes as planned. Often the calamity of life convinces people that they cannot conceive what God is saying in troubled times. However, God lets Jeremiah know that even constricting times can be connecting times between you and God.
Realize that God’s voice can come to any place. Nothing can restrict the voice of God in your life. Paul did a lot of writing and gave us much of the New Testament revelation from the inner walls of a prison cell. 2 Timothy 2:9 Paul says “….I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” Don’t allow your current condition to keep you from receiving a right-now word from God. In the middle of Jeremiah’s massive problem, God gave him a massive promise and challenged him to keep seeking the Lord.
Remember His character. The chaos of your life has not changed the character of the God you serve. The Lord reminded Jeremiah that He is the Lord. God is the Creator of all that we see so He can handle all that you see. He can handle closed doors, besieging armies, and angry kings. When life has seemingly cut you off from all of your help, remember that you are not cut off from God’s help.
Call on the Lord. Restrictive places can be places of great revelation. God challenged Jeremiah and He challenges us today to initiate conversation with Him. In times of desperation you can worry or you can worship. You can contemplate your condition or you can connect to a power that is greater than your own. God indicates to Jeremiah that this season of hardship can be a season of great discovery.
God says to call on Him and He will show us great and mighty things that we know nothing about. Here is an encouraging thought: God has answers, power, and knowledge that you know nothing about regarding your life and His plan. God is not wanting to play keepaway with knowledge, but He desires to pour this revelation into your life.
Today’s Challenge: Take time today to call upon the Lord. Your current condition is no hindrance from God delivering to you an on time word regarding your life and His purpose.