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.’
Pay attention. I’m going to share something with you. If you want to capture my attention, you must say something that interrupts my thoughts and causes me to stop what I’m doing. This Scripture starts with the kinds of things that causes me to stop what I’m doing. When God’s Word starts with, “Thus says the Lord”, I open my ears, sit up straight, and focus my mind on God. The Holy Spirit has something important to say.
In this scripture, there’s a particularly strong voice coming from the Holy Spirit. I like how “The Message” paraphrase states it. “This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” Woooo Doggies!!! (Thanks Andy Griffith) Let’s break this down a bit for those who like to analyze.
First, the Scripture is clear who is in control. Is there any questions as to who the CREATOR is? The Lord who formed it to establish it OR the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting. Followed by, “May I introduce to you” sort of, “The Lord is His name” “Known everywhere as God”. This gets my attention. It’s not just a “Hey You!!!” like some people say to me.
Second, we get an incredible promise that causes me to sit up straight and focus my mind. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”. OR (The Message) “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Now who’s in control. Huh?
Marvelous is defined this way. (by Merriam-Webster): Extremely good or enjoyable; Miraculous or Supernatural; of the highest kind or quality; notably superior.
Wondrous is defined this way. (by Merriam-Webster): Causing wonder or amazement; very beautiful or impressive; that is to be marveled at; Extraordinary.
So let’s recap a little. The Holy Spirit wants us to take notice in this Scripture. God wants us to hear what He has to say. God leads us to understand two things: He is the CREATOR of ALL things and is known to be the CREATOR everywhere and He has the power to bring to our attention things that our meager, human minds cannot even comprehend. What do we need to do to encounter such a glorious promise? Give attention to God and Call on Him. That’s called Prayer. Prayer brings us into God’s presence and He promises not to leave us.
Friends, we have relationships all over. We have family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church family, doctors, and such. Can any of them bring attention to things greater than the marvelous and wondrous things God can? The answer is No. If the relationships of those noted here are important to us, how much more important is a relationship with God? How important is it to have a daily encounter with the glorious presence of God? How much do you want to see the promises of God be established in your life? It’s a matter of choice.
Heavenly Lord, thank You for being the Creator of All things. Thank You that from the beginning of time, You desired for us to be with You, to have a relationship with You. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for capturing our attention through Your Word. Help us to discern and understand the incredible power of Your Word. Lead us and show us those great and mighty things You promise. Forgive us when we think we have it all under control. Open up more time in our lives to spend time with You in prayer. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!