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Knowing God's Phone Number (9 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
OPEN: Last year, when Jim Carrey starred in his movie ''Bruce Almighty'' the writers of the script gave God a phone number that Carrey could dial to talk with the Almighty. But instead of using the 555 prefix that movie makers and TV shows generally give phone numbers - they gave God a 776 prefix.
People who saw the movie wrote the number down and started dialing it. One lady in St. Petersburg, FL received 20 calls an hour from people who wanted to talk to God.
ILLUS: In one small church, the minister called the children to come down front every Sunday and then he'd tell them a story. Once he brought a telephone to better illustrate the idea of prayer.
''You talk to people on the telephone and don't see them on the other end of the line, right?'' he began.
The children nodded yes.
''Well, talking to God is like talking on the telephone. He's on the other end, but you can't see him. He's listening, though.''
Just then a little boy piped up and asked, ''What's his number?''
APPLY: What is God's phone number? In Jeremiah 33:3 God declares: 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.' Jeremiah 33:3
What is God's phone number?
How can I be sure I'm connecting up with God…
I mean - here in Jeremiah 33 God is reassuring Jeremiah that if Jeremiah will call upon Him, God will tell Jeremiah great and unsearchable things.
I. Now, I find it intriguing that Jeremiah should be advised by God to call upon Him. I mean, after all, Jeremiah is a prophet of God. ''Calling on God'' should be something he does on a regular basis.
It occurred to me that something must have happened in Jeremiah's life that had sapped the energy out of his faith. But what could it be?
Look at Jeremiah 33 Verse 1 ''While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the word of the LORD came to him a second time ...
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