God Promises Restoration


Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

Jeremiah prophesied before and during the fall of Judea to Babylon.  Despite the message of soon-coming judgment, God also showed the people there was hope in the future.  In the previous chapter, Jeremiah bought real estate in Jerusalem as the city was about to be overwhelmed by the Babylonian army.  God was showing there was hope in the future, the people would be restored.  Even when King Hezekiah arrested Jeremiah for speaking of coming judgment and captivity (Jeremiah 32:3), he stayed faithful to his message.

God always provided an option for the people to repent.  God said, “Call to me.”  They can turn from their rebellion and call on God instead of the false idols they had been calling on, and He promises to hear and answer (“I will answer you”).   When we repent by confessing/admitting our sin (1 John 1:9), God promises to forgive and restore (“answer” prayer for forgiveness).

In addition, He promises to go far beyond restoring and “tell them great and unsearchable things they do not know.”  Sin and disobedience will be gone, replaced by blessing far beyond their imagination.  That doesn’t mean they won’t still suffer the physical consequences of their sin, but there will future restoration and present blessing from God.  He promised it, and He always keeps His promises!

The nation did go into captivity.  Jeremiah himself was martyred.  But 70 years later a remnant returned to the land, and 400 years after that the Messiah Himself came to Israel.  He performed miracles and paid for the sins of the world.  Certainly, that qualifies as something “great and unsearchable!”

This promise is great for a prodigal son who wants to return home (Luke 15:11-24).  The truth also means that God will show us his great and unsearchable truths and blessings when we turn to Him for them.  All we have to do is call on Him.

Is there a need for you to call on Him right now?  Then do so.


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