God's Phone Numbers


Jeremiah 33:1-3 (text v. 3)

This text is a special blessing to anyone going through affliction.
Jeremiah is in prison under false charges (Jer. 37:11-15). God visits Jeremiah in his hour of need. This is the second time God visited Jeremiah in prison. During this time, God gives him this great prayer promise. I like to think of Jeremiah 33:3 as God's phone number.
Have you ever had to DIAL 911? During an emergency you dial 911 and you are instantly connected to a dispatcher. In front of the dispatcher will be a read-out that lists your telephone number, your address, and the name by which that telephone number is listed at that address. Also listening in are the police, the fire department, and the paramedics.
A caller might not be able to say what the problem is. Or perhaps a woman's husband has just suffered a heart attack, and she is so out of control that all she can do is hysterically scream into the telephone. But the dispatcher doesn't need her to say anything. He knows where the call is coming from. Help is already on the way.
There are times in our lives when in our desperation and pain we dial Jeremiah 33:3 prayers. Sometimes we're hysterical. Sometimes we don't know the words to speak. But God knows. He knows our name, where we are at and what our circumstance is. Help is on the way; God has already begun to bring the remedy.

I. The PERSON we call --"Call unto me…" (cf. v. 2).

A. The One who has FOUNDED us. 
B. The One who has FRAMED us. 
C. The One who has FIXED us. He has established us. God has got you right where He wants you. God knew where Jeremiah was!

II. The PROMISE confirmed --"…I will answer thee…"

A. The love of God promises what is best for us.
B. The wisdom of God perceives what is best for us.
C. The power of God performs what is best for us.

ILLUS.--While crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, the great preacher F.B. Meyer was asked to deliver a message to the passengers on "Answered Prayer." An agnostic who was present at the service was asked by his friends, "What did you think of Dr. Meyer's sermon?" He answered, "I didn't believe a word of it." 
That afternoon the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket before going for a stroll on the deck. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair fast asleep. In the spirit of fun, the agnostic put the two oranges in her lap. Later as he passed her way, he saw her happily eating one of the oranges. "You seem to be enjoying that orange," he remarked with a smile. "Yes, sir," she replied, "My Father gave them to me." "Your father? Surely your father can't be still alive!" "Praise God," she replied, "He is very much alive." "What do you mean?" pressed the agnostic. She explained, "I'll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking my heavenly Father to somehow to send me an orange. I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke, I found He had not only sent me one orange but two!" The agnostic was speechless.

III. The PROVISION conferred --"…and shew thee great and mighty things…" (cf. 32:16-18)

A. Great counsel.
B. Mighty works.

Reader's Digest (7/97 p. 20) gives the following example of an answer to prayer: Late on a black, noiseless night in upstate New York, a young woman decided to take a shortcut home--up a steep, unlit path. Then she heard steps behind her, faster than her own. An instant later a man was upon her, tightening her scarf around her neck and ripping at her pants.
At home the young woman's mother woke from a deep sleep, seized with fear that something terrible was about to happen to her daughter. The mother immediately knelt down beside her bed and prayed. For 15 minutes she begged God to protect her daughter. Convinced she had won God's protection, the mother returned to a sound sleep. Back on the stony path, the would-be rapist suddenly ceased his assault. He cocked his head--almost beast-like--and fled down the hill.
Coincidence? Luck? Or divine intervention? Nearly 20 years later mother and daughter are certain in their belief. That was the devil on the hill, and it was God who sent him away!

IV. The PLENTEOUS climax  "…which thou knowest not." -- Expect the unexpected! God always exceeds our request! 
Vs. 4-5-- Sometimes God must tear down and destroy, before He can heal and rebuild.

A. Health and cure (33:6).
B. Liberation from captivity (33:7).
C. Cleansing from iniquity (33:8).
D. Prosperity and praise (33:9-11)
E. Promise of the Messiah (33:14-17)

CONCLUSION: Sir Walter Raleigh asked a favor from Queen Elizabeth. She answered him, "Raleigh, when will you leave off begging?" He answered, "When your Majesty leaves off giving!"


Emergency Telephone Numbers
These are more effective than 911

When -

You are sad, phone
John 14
You have sinned, phone
Psalm 51
You are facing danger, phone
Psalm 91
People have failed you, phone
Psalm 27
It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139
Your faith needs stimulation, phone
Hebrews 11
You are alone and scared, phone
Psalm 23
You are worried, phone
Matthew 8:19-34
You are hurt and critical, phone
1 Corinthians 13
You wonder about Christianity, phone
2 Corinthians 5:15-18
You feel like an outcast, phone
Romans 8:31-39
You are seeking peace, phone
Matthew 11:25-30
It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone
Psalm 90
You need Christ like insurance, phone
Romans 8:1-30
You are leaving home for a trip , phone
Psalm 121
You are praying for yourself, phone
Psalm 87
You require courage for a task, phone
Joshua 1
Inflation's and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone
Mark 10:17-31
You are depressive, phone
Psalm 27
Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37
You lose faith in mankind, phone
1 Corinthians 13
It looks like people are unfriendly, phone
John 15
You are losing hope, phone
Psalm 126
You feel the world is small compared to you, phone
Psalm 19
You want to carry fruit, phone
John 15
Paul's secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17
With big opportunity/ discovery, phone
Isaiah 55
To get along with other people, phone
Romans 12

For dealing with fear, call
Psalm 47
For security, call
Psalm 121:3
For assurance, call
Mark 8:35
For reassurance, call
Psalm 145:18




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