Confined With God
We all know those people who always have something to say about what God is showing them. During every conversation we have with them, they describe how God has revealed certain insight to them. Their speech is full of words like “The Holy Spirit taught me this” or “God told me that.” And we wonder how they get their ears so tuned into God. Jeremiah also heard a lot from God. The book named after him in the Bible contains a plethora of “This is what the Lord says” and “The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah” lines. In fact, the Lord told Jeremiah to ask, and He would share “remarkable secrets” with him. The answer to why Jeremiah heard so much from God is found in verse 1 of Jeremiah 33: “While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard…” Jeremiah was “confined,” and with the isolation all the world’s distractions were gone, and he was able to focus on the Lord. It should come as no surprise that the people who hear most from the Lord are the people who take time to isolate themselves in order to listen and speak with Him. If we want a relationship with God where He tells us “remarkable secrets,” we must take time out of our busy schedules to sit with Him.
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1.35 NIV).