This is the age of mobile telephones. Fifteen or twenty years ago the average person didn’t think that everyone would soon carry a mobile phone in his pocket. The developed countries in such as America, Canada and Europe had equipment so that while driving a vehicle one could speak to a friend. Those phone sets were not like the cell phone we have today. That was a large telephone permanently fixed in the car. As they traveled someone inside the car was able to talk with another person but it was only possible within a fifty mile radius of the telephone tower. Beyond fifty miles then it was impossible to connect to the other person.
Now mobile phones and tower facilities are in the reach of every citizen, in developing countries as well. Now cell phone companies are trying to design smaller cell phone. A cell phone has many advantages. You can talk to your friend from your bed, you can talk while eating a meal, during your travel, while sightseeing, on your way to your office, even on the death bed! Wherever you are, whatever you are doing; whatever condition you are experiencing, whenever you wish—the cell phone is available. This availability is all due to the development of communication and information technology.
However there are some negative aspects to the use of a cell phone. Where the cell phone is used in wrong and negative activities, we see many frightening and horrible consequences. Criminal people use it freely for their evil deeds. The cell phone is sometimes used to detonate a bomb.
Another negative aspect is that even when we use the cell phone for a good purpose we sometimes are not successful with a connection to our friends. Once I was in a major city and tried to call my friend. Every time I connected to his phone I received this message, “Your desired number is powered off, please try later.” It disturbed me to receive this message because the message for him was urgent. But I could not reach that specific person with the important message.
Sometimes when I go to a certain area to preach there is no cell phone signal; the tower is out of range. My friends try to contact me but cannot, and when I meet them face to face they complain that my cell phone is always powered off. In this age of information technology where the communication (sending and receiving messages) is so fast and technology advances so rapidly we sometimes experience communication obstacles.
Occasionally we hear these messages on the cell phone:
Your desired number is busy on the other line. Please try later.
Your desired number is not responding at the moment. Please try later.
All the lines are busy at the moment.
Your desired number is powered off. Please try later.
Or we may receive this message on the screen of the cell phone, “Network error.”
The system cannot recognize this number.
When we call a friend or family member and we hear such messages, it is very disturbing.
Cell phones are also used in very constructive ways. Once I was in a village that was four hundred kilometers away from my city. I preached the word of God via cell phone. I was very glad for that technology, and the people who attended the service were very happy, blessed and they thanked God. We have also prayed for the sick via cell phone. These are the advantages of cell phone technology.
Now I want to talk to you about another phone number and connection and it is written in the word of God:
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not(Jeremiah 33:3).
The number “333”
· This is the line that is never busy.
· It never has any technical fault in its system.
· This number is never busy on another line.
· You do not need a desired amount of money to call on this number.
· This number is open and available at all times.
· This system recognizes your number immediately.
· This line receives our message and answers us back.
Jeremiah was a prophet who was facing very severe opposition. Several times he was put into prison. He followed the commands of God fully. He did not care about his own personal life. From the worldly point of view he did not seem to be a successful person. Spiritually, he was a serious, committed, deep, mature and a strong person. He kept on moving. He had a deep and personal relationship with God.
“Call unto Me and I will answer you.”
God loves two way communications. God says call unto me and I will answer you. This is a command and there is a reward to obey it.
“You call unto Me.”
We call unto the Lord. We pour our heart before Him. We tell Him about our pains and show Him our wounds. He looks at everything and He listens. We can hide nothing from Him. We say that we have shared everything with the Lord and when we have finished He will answer.
“And I will answer you.”
We pray and get up from where we sit; we get busy with our worldly activities and we forget what we asked. We only carry on in prayer for the asking. We don’t stop long enough to listen for His response or reply. We do not wait. We don’t keep our spiritual ears open. In order to get His response it is essential to tell our situation to God in detail then sit patiently at His feet to wait. to listen for His reply. But it is very hard for us to wait. We don’t make an effort to wait; we are too busy, too active. We must learn to wait.
“Call unto me.”
Let us take a look at how we are to call, what should be the nature of this call to God so that we can surely get our answer from the Lord.
· You should call Me in the condition or position of confession.
When you or I keep some sin in our heart and try to call upon the Lord, God will never listen to us. The prophet David said,
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me (Psalm 66:18).
When we confess to God, we agree that we have committed sin. We can do nothing by ourselves. How much do we need the love, help, grace, mercy and compassion of God? We need to confess our fallen condition before God and we need to get restoration from Him.
· You should call Me in the condition or position of brokenness.
God loves a broken and contrite heart. That position is like a sacrifice before the Lord.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise (Psa 51:17).
Isaiah writes, For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones (Isaiah 57:15).
In the spiritual realm it is very fundamental, even essential, to understand the secret of brokenness. Through brokenness God prunes us. He makes straight all the odd corners of our life. He molds our life according to His holy and divine will. He prunes us and makes us shine so that we can fit properly into His suitable and great purpose. Although the process of brokenness is very painful, He grants us His grace. He pours His mercy upon us so that we should not be scattered, dispersed or destroyed. He continues the process of causing our brokenness as long as He does not achieve His divine and holy purpose in our life.
· You should call Me in the position and condition of patience.
It is very hard and difficult for the human nature to practice patience. Patience is in opposition to human nature. Patience is power. Patience makes the muscles of our faith strong and helps us to move toward boldness and courage. Patience stimulates us to perform great tasks. Patience is a gift from God. We greatly need patience. We have to ask for patience for ourselves from above.
Patience brings maturity and maturity brings hope and hope does not put us to shame (Romans 5:3-5). Patience helps us to move toward growth and maturity.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience (Romans 5:3, KJV).
And patience, experience; and experience, hope (Romans 5:4).
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5).
When we pray we must pray patiently. We should not be discouraged. We should not be hopeless but strong and deep rooted in God. Our adversary is always in search of ways to discourage us, we must practice patience. That is why it is very essential to call unto Him, because He thinks and does what is good for us.
· You should call Me in the position and condition of holiness.
Blessed are those who choose holiness; are holy in their hearts, because they will see God.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:8).
Holiness grants us boldness to enter into the presence of God. Holiness opens and enlightens our inner eyes. While we live in holiness, we can see things which other people do not see. In holy living we can see things which we cannot see when we are in sin. It is very essential to lead a holy life if we really want to continue in the presence of God. Holiness is an inner strength. Holiness keeps the door open so that the Lord may manifest His power through weak people like us. Holy living must be our choice. When we call unto Him as we lead a holy life, God will certainly hear us.
We must ask of God, and call upon God in confession, in brokenness, in patience and in holy living. Certainly the Lord will answer us according to His promise and He will show us great, deep, and mighty things.
May the Lord bless you through these great truths.