Have you ever felt so fed up with life’s circumstances that you want to throw your hands up in the air and say “forget it!” I sure have, more times than I can remember. When I get to this place in my life, I turn to God’s word for encouragement. Today I want to share the encouragement that He gave me, in the hopes that it will encourage you too.
When studying a particular verse, I like to dig into the Greek and Hebrew words in order to fully understand what the verse is saying, therefore, I have to study from the King James Version. Today’s study was focused on Jeremiah 33:3 which says “Call to Me and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (KJV).
Here is the breakdown in the Hebrew.
CALL – Qara; (kaw-raw). Qara means to call out. To call on God’s name is to summon His aid.
WILL – Ratsown; (raw-tsone). Ratsown means favor or goodwill. This is a concrete reaction of the superior to the inferior.
SHEW – Nagad; (naw-gad). Nagad means to explain or reveal something one does not otherwise understand.
GREAT – Gadowl; (gaw-dole). Gadowl means great of power. It is information known previously but recent divine acts have made it to be experienced anew. (For example, Adam and Even in the garden always had nakedness before them, but they did not recognize its existence until they sinned).
MIGHTY – batsar; (baw-tsar). Batsar means fortified. Things that are inaccessible by height or fortification.
KNOWEST – yada; (yaw-dah). Yada is to know by observing, reflecting, and experiencing with the senses. To know by investigation and proving. To know God is to have an intimate experiential knowledge of Him.
So, in other words, what I believe Jeremiah 33:3 is saying is: When we call out to God, we recognize the need for His help. When we recognize the need for His help, He responds with favor and goodwill towards us. He will give us insight and the explanation that we need when we do not understand. He will show us His power, cause us to experience new things we had not recognized before, and will fortify us in Him. We can know Him intimately by experience, knowledge, investigation, and by Him proving Himself to us.
When we are faced with challenges we don’t understand, and life throws things at us that knock us off of our feet, we can be encouraged that God will meet us right where we are at, and show Himself strong in our lives if we recognize our need for Him. What have you been trying to work out on your own and not allowed God to come and help you? What are you holding on to that He is asking you to let go of and trust Him?