Take Me Beyond Myself

Jeremiah 33:3
“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things,
which you do not know.”

Jeremiah 33:3 is a word from God that was spoken to the prophet while he was in prison, proving a point that God has been whispering to my heart for some time now: “I can, AND DO, speak to you anytime, anywhere. Are you listening?”

The Father wants to commune with us more than we do with Him. Time, place, and circumstance have nothing to do with it. Does anyone else find that utterly amazing? God wants to talk to ME! And yet I?finite, fallible, feet-of-clay human that I am?am often far too busy (and self-important) to take the time to respond. Wow. That?s taking vanity to the next level, isn’t it?

We are all self-absorbed; that’s human nature. But for those of us who have been born again and have the divine nature residing within us, there’s no excuse for neglecting time in communion with God. Oh, we have plenty of reasons: work, travel, family, friends, volunteering for worthy causes; but reasons aren’t excuses. God told (not asked!) Jeremiah to call out to Him, promising that if he would, the very Creator and Lord of the universe would show him “great and mighty things,” things which Jeremiah would otherwise not know.

Are we content with the things we can know in our own strength and abilities? I’m not. I want to see and know more. I want to see things from God’s vantage point and proclaim them to others with His power and authority. Therefore, I have one option: Call out to God to take me beyond myself, from the temporal to the eternal, from the vain emptiness of self to the unlimited potential of the divine. And how does that happen? God has provided a simple and foolproof way. First, call to Him (pray and ask Him to show you what He wants you to know and understand today), and then begin to read and study the Bible, believing that He will answer you, simply because He said He would, and God does not lie.

Someone recently asked me, “Aren’t you concerned that some Thursday you’ll sit down to write your weekly devotional and you won’t have anything to say?” If I had to depend on myself and my own limited resources for the words and the message, absolutely! But thankfully I don’t have to do that. God says that if we call on Him, He will take us beyond ourselves and show us what He wants us to know. I believe Him. Do you?

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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