Text: Jeremiah 33:3
Title: Seeing Great and Mighty Things
Introduction: What are these “great and mighty things?” In Jeremiah’s day it was the miraculous prophecy that God would one day return Israel to Jerusalem in great glory. At the time they were being overtaken by the most powerful nation (Babylon), under the threat of the most powerful King (Nebuchadnezzar) on earth.
For us, the great and mighty things are the blessings God wants to give us if we will simply yield ourselves to Him. Our Heavenly Father knows what is absolutely best for us. He wants to give His best to us. Some of it, we cannot even comprehend. The great and mighty things are the priceless, awesome, indescribable blessings of living a life that is dedicated to God.
This well-known passage tells us how to see them in our lives:
It starts with a request. God does not force Himself on us. Just as He offers salvation; it is then up to us to receive it. He has wonderful blessings for us; but He waits for us to ask.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
II. Ask the One Who Can Deliver
We do not ask hoping “somebody” will hear. We call on the Lord for He is able. Our prayers are singularly directed to God. Jesus gave us a model prayer which begins by addressing the Father, “…Our Father which art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.…” Luke 11:2
III. Expect to Hear from the Lord
“And” indicates there is more.
We are to ask the One who can deliver in full faith that He WILL answer! Our prayers should reflect our confidence and our trust in Him. The book of James instructs us to “Ask in faith, nothing wavering.”
God wants us to exercise and demonstrate faith in Him—not just talk about it.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The priests at the Jordan River were told to carry the Ark of the Covenant across Jordan. They had to step into the water with the heavy ark on their shoulders. Then God parted the waters. Jesus, walking on the water, called on Peter to act in faith when He said “Come.” Peter had to step out of the boat before he walked on the water.
Are you exercising or demonstrating your faith in God? What step of faith have you taken for the Lord recently?
IV. Expect to See the Lord Work
We KNOW that God is at work on our behalf. So, we can LIVE in light of that precious truth.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Confidence in God’s ability is also confidence in God’s timing. Believe God, and let Him set the time table.
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
V. Set Limits Aside
This wonderful Scripture is not only for the preacher, the missionary, the out-going person, or the talented. Don’t limit God about the “great and mighty” things in your life.
He wants YOU to experience the amazing works of grace and glory that He knows are best for you.
Be still, and know that I am God:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
VI. God Wants What Is Best for You
“Great and mighty things”
His best for our lives is the “great and mighty things.” He is ready, willing, and able to display this in our lives for His glory. We can live confidently and victoriously as God puts on an amazing display through us.
2 Timothy 1:12b
I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.