“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)
How much wisdom there is in these simple words spoken by Jeremiah so long ago! Call to Me. Nothing more than: Call to Me. There is nothing about hard work or good deeds or sacrifices or gifts. There is nothing more than: Call to Me. And, if we are spiritually connecting with God and searching for answers, that is all that we are called to do – simply call to Him. We can do this aloud, as a group of worshipers, alone, or in the silence of our hearts. How simple Jeremiah makes it sound: Call to Me.
How many times have we called to God to ask for something or someone? How many times have we called to Him in times of trouble, times of grief and sorrow, times of confusion and uncertainty? How often in thanksgiving and praise? Most of us have called to God to grant mercy to a dying friend, to heal a child who is ill, or to grant us strength to handle a difficult situation. Often we have called to God in anger and in vain, even unsure that God is even there to hear us. We are familiar with the words, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” And, unfortunately, sometimes we too feel that God has forsaken us. Our prayers have not been answered, at least not in the way that we had hoped they would be. We have not felt any stronger or more peaceful or happier. We have had to work our way through our grief and suffering.
But, whether we are consciously aware of it or not, God does hear us when we call to Him and answers us according to His will, which may not always be the same as our own will. God will never forsake us, or will he simply be the beneficent gift-giver and grant our every wish. He will answer us according to His holy will. In the Lord’s Prayer, we say, “Thy will be done.” We don’t say, “Our will be done,” or “My will be done.” It is God’s will that will be done whenever we call to Him and, whether we recognize it or not, Hid work is for the good of us, His beloved children.
“Great and unsearchable things” is an especially interesting concept. It’s quite easy for me to think of great things, at least great by my own simply middle-class standards. A Lexus, a diamond ring, a television appearance, an evening at the Metropolitan opera – these would be great things in my little world. I would be as excited as a small child on Christmas morning if I were to get them. Yet, these are not the great things of which Jeremiah speaks and the great and unsearchable things that we do not know about. The great and unsearchable things are things known only to God and part of the great mystery that is life, faith and eternity. These are things that we “see through a mirror darkly.” They are things that we cannot and do not understand and that we have to trust the great love and goodness of God to explain and fulfill. We may, throughout our mortal lives, “know in part.” Or, we may not be able to know at all. Unsearchable things are the province of God Almighty and will be secreted from us until it is the proper time and place for their disclosure.
Many of us, as Christians, spend a great deal of our lives searching. We search for truth and guidance and answers. We listen to sermons, read and try to interpret the bible, discuss passages with other Christians. We seek truth in science, in nature, in history, in archaeology and in faith. We, like Thomas, sometimes even doubt. And this is part of the process of learning. We look at different viewpoints and study different philosophies. We are always searching and, to some small extent, finding answers. But, ultimately, only God will know and give us the answers that we so desperately seek. No matter how intensive our search, how hard our work, how long our hours of study, much will remain unknown to us, and we can only trust in the goodness of the Holy Spirit to know that this is right and good. We are not stupid. It is God’s province to understand and not ours.
May we know that we can always call to God and that He, and He alone, knows the unsearchable and unknowable things that lie hidden deep within our hearts. God will always answer, giving us what He deems necessary, not always what we hope for. May we give ourselves to His holy will and let His will, not ours, be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
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Sharon is a member of the Community Church of the Midlands that meets at Seven Oaks Community Center at 200 Leisure Lane in Columbia and is a frequent participant, with her husband Douglas, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral located at 1100 Sumter Street in Columbia.
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