From Pastor’s Desk:
“Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33:2-3 NKJV
What a promise! “I will answer” and “(I will) show you great and mighty things…”
There’s only one thing standing in the way of Him doing as He promised: a call from His people! Therein is the qualifier for the verse. The question that arises, of course, in the human mind, is that if God has promised something, why doesn’t He just simply do it? The answer to that, in my opinion, is that even though all the promises of God are yea, and amen (1 Cor. 1:20), they are conditional.
The “great” promises of God include those found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. This one begins with “IF my people” and concludes with “THEN will I hear…” In between the IF and the THEN are four things that His people must do in order for Him to fulfill the promise: “humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.” IF we do that, He WILL.
In the New Testament, we have one that has been my favorite for many, many years, Matthew 6:33. Note that it begins with BUT, indicating a transition from previous verses that teaches and admonishes to not be anxious in life. We have, naturally, the tendency to worry. Further, the devil plays on that natural tendency and makes it worse. Jesus then says, “Stop worrying about mundane things. If you will just seek the kingdom of God, all these things you are worrying about will work out. After all, haven’t I promised that I will work all things out for you” (My paraphrase).
May be that we are not receiving because we are not asking!