Jeremiah 1

Jeremiah 1 is the beginning of Jeremiah’s story – a prophet who came on the scene during the 13th year of Josiah’s reign and lasted through the 11th year of Zedekiah’s rule.  So he was around a while and had plenty of words from the Lord to pass along to the leaders of God’s people.  But the first word he got from God applies to us all: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations”.  Truer words have not been spoken. God made us in His own image, and as such, knows each of us intimately.

We may not have been created or appointed to be prophets, but we were created by God.  And before we were even a twinkle in the eyes of our parents, God had it all figured out.  He knew us – intimately one on one every little detail down to the number of hairs on our head and the length of our life.  God knows us.  And in Jeremiah’s case, God knew that he would try to run from his calling.  “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”  You ever run from God?  It’s foolish,  because He won’t ask us to do something He hasn’t equipped us for, and no one knows better than Him just how equipped we are.

God tells him that very clearly as He says “for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord”.  Jeremiah was able, with God’s help, to do God’s work.  That is true for all of us.  When God calls us, He is able to use us.  What God originates, God orchestrates.  When we do things our way they may not work out, but when we follow God’s direction He will lead and make it come to pass.  And in Jeremiah’s case, He went one step further: “Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,”Behold, I have put my words in your mouth”.  How’s that for a promise!

So what did God expect of Jeremiah.  He said it pretty clearly when He says “dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you”.  Jeremiah didn’t have to come up with what to say.  He didn’t have to know the answers.  He merely had to speak what God told Him. Often we make serving God harder than it needs to be.  It begins with us just getting up and ‘dressing for work’ – we have to take action and be ready to do something.  Then it is a matter of sharing God’s truth.  We don’t have to invent that – He wrote an entire Book for us to use and follow.  Are you dressed for the work of the kingdom?  If not, arise.  The time to serve is now!

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