Thus says the LORD who made the earth, giving it shape and stability, LORD is his name: Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you great things beyond the reach of your knowledge. Jeremiah 33:2-3 NABRE
The prophet Jeremiah has proclaimed hope in passage and prose that have become known as the “Book of Consolation.” The people have been taken exile into Babylon for their indiscretions and Jeremiah is giving them reason for hope. It will be many years before they return to Jerusalem, but knowing there is hope inspires hope in the people. The “Book of Consolations” ends with further reason for hope, a promise of restoration, “They shall again purchase houses and fields and vineyards in this land.” (Jeremiah 32:15) The main grounds for hope is the power of the Lord: He is the creator of all things, He rules over them, and He is the source of salvation. He is good and He never forgets those who have recourse to Him, He is ever merciful and never fully rejects the people. God is awaiting the people’s decision to turn back to Him, then He will rush to their aid; “Call to me, and I will answer you;” We will be amazed of the great things God will do, it will be beyond our own imagination. Judah and Jerusalem will be rebuilt materially and spiritually. This will be beyond belief for the Hebrew people who remember that their destruction was so complete by the Babylonian army. Yet Jeremiah tells them they have hope in the Lord.
We are not waiting for Jerusalem to be restored, or Judah. We do want the Kingdom of Heaven restored as has been promised by God. We should hold out hope that the Kingdom of Heaven will be restored and we will live the joyful life God has planned. We only need to call out to God and He will answer us.
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