Jeremiah 1:4-8 ERV; The Lord’s message came to me:
“Before I made you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I chose you for a special work. I chose you to be a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “But, Lord God, I don’t know how to speak. I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’ You must go everywhere I send you and say everything I tell you to say. Don’t be afraid of anyone. I am with you, and I will protect you.” This message is from the Lord.
As I was reading this, I heard the word, ‘purpose’. This word is defined;
There are two things God instructed young Jeremiah; 1. Go everywhere I send you. 2. Say everything I tell you to say. He didn’t say, ‘First finish school, go to bible school, be ordained and then I’ll come back when I feel you’re ready.’ What I see here is just two qualifications, the ability to listen and obey. I hope you’re seeing this. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with education, but that’s not what qualifies you. If you’re not spending time knowing God, you’re just plain on the wrong path.
What are you afraid of? Remember the last thing in these verses that God spoke? “Don’t be afraid of anyone. I am with you, and I will protect you.” You see, when God is with you and you’re doing what He asks of you, there’s nothing to fear because He is with you and that’s enough. That’s a promise you can bank on. Regardless of what place you find yourself, what you face, even if you stand before kings, God will give you the words to speak and they will always hit their mark. Even if that place is in your bedroom, speaking into the atmosphere.
Father, this morning I want to thank You for the purpose you have for me. You have placed Your words in my mouth and as I speak them out, You always back me up. I thank You for opening deaf ears, ears that have lost their sensitivity to Your voice, those who have become ‘comfortable’ where they are, who refuse to move. You have purpose for me. I am neither too young nor too old, neither am I unqualified. All I need is Your voice in my ear, telling me, “This is the way, walk here. Say this!” It’s all for Your glory. Let Your Kingdom in us be established in Jesus’ name. Amen