“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:6-8 NIV
We easily put ourselves into a box when we have so much to offer through God’s purpose for our lives. I love the conversation that God has with Jeremiah and still gives him purpose, but with correction and instills confidence. I relate to the anxiety and fear of being the odd man out at dinner or in a casual conversation amongst co-workers when faulty language and topics surface; and keep my mouth shut instead of speaking up. I bet Jeremiah figured that he didn’t have much to share, and because youth figured God will pick someone else or do it, yet neither was the case. God goes the distance before, with, and after us.
The messages that Jeremiah proclaims are dark and destructive, but God charges him to carry forth this daunting task. The rulers are threatened and have Jeremiah beaten and almost put to death. But it doesn’t stop him, for he is obedient and trusts God.
We tend to think that when God says he will protect us, we will be free of harm. This is not the case. We just need to do a better job of trusting in God; especially if you consider yourself a warrior.
Daily Battle Order:
What are the tasks God has given you, that you have hesitated and been doubtful about. Write them out and share with a TJC Brother.
I will start: I have been called to lift others up and encourage them, but I often gossip about people, including caregivers for our children. I think they performed poorly and comment, instead of praying for them. I need to stop casting negative comments and learn to provide constructive words that inspire and build up confidence.