Today's Lectionary Text
While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the Lord came to him a second time: “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the houses in this city and the royal palaces of Judah that have been torn down to be used against the siege ramps and the sword in the fight with the Babylonians: ‘They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.
“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. I will bring Judahand Israel back from captivity and will rebuild them as they were before.I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth that hear of all the good things I do for it; and they will be in awe and will trembleat the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.’
“This is what the Lord says: ‘You say about this place, “It is a desolate waste, without people or animals.” Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither people nor animals, there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness,the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying,
“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty,
For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the Lord.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’One of my favorite verses comes up in today’s daily lectionary reading. This verse I have memorized, plus it is easy to remember where it is in the Bible!
I recently was leading a group at a church. When it came to the end of the time we gathered, I said, “Who is going to pray us out?” They all looked at each other and most eyes hit the floor. Unphased, we had a bit of time, so we all went around and prayed for the person on our right out loud. At first it was just words. Now, after we have met often when we close out in prayer, the voices are stronger and it sounds as a call out to God, becoming a way to articulate our hearts and minds. We have come to embody this verse of calling out to God.
While this verse is easy to put in a meme, Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, shares his promises from prison. He proclaims the word of the Lord of what he heard God say to him and his people. Even in the midst of weeping, lament, and frustration, God faithfully invites God’s people to communicate with God, promising that in this communication there will be great and unsearchable things that you did not know.
So wherever prayer is for you today, claim this verse as a way in which God promises to faithfully answer God’s people, enlarging our mind and faithfully hearing the cries of our heart.
Rev. Nicole Conard
Young Adult Leadership & Campus Ministries Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
O God, who hears us when we pray, guide us this day as we seek to follow you. Tell us great and unsearchable things we do not know. Amen.
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