Jeremiah 1:4-10 NKJV “ Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified[a] you; [b]ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.”
Consider God’s sovereign plan in Jeremiah’s life in Jeremiah 1:4-10. Before he was ever born, Jeremiah was called by God as a prophet. Now think about the doubt in Jeremiah’s response to his calling—“I don’t know how to speak,” and “I’m too young.”
When the Holy Spirit specifically directs your life, what is on your list of excuses?
Just like our life assignments, Jeremiah’s calling from God wasn’t about Jeremiah’s ability but God’s ability. We need to remember that when God appoints, He also empowers. He is faithful to provide all that you need, and He will work through you—weaknesses and all. The Apostle Paul embraced this fact and declared, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Like Paul, let’s take a new view of our shortcomings, knowing that the appointing and empowering of Christ is all we need for the journey. His power will see us through.