Jeremiah 1:7-8 – Confidence in Our Calling
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; 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 1:7-8 ESV)
This was a tall order the Lord was setting before Jeremiah, as he was called to declare the coming of God’s judgement upon the nation of Judah. This would frighten anyone. Jeremiah had never done this before. It even appears he wasn’t an eloquent speaker (Jeremiah 1:6). But, God assured the young Jeremiah he would be with him. And isn’t that the most important to any calling—that God with us? Jeremiah didn’t have to worry, because God called him to speak. And not on his personal authority, but on God’s. Each of us has a calling and a part to play as a member of the Body of Christ. This can be a scary thought for us too, as we imagine the responsibility we have to other believers. Amazingly, God’s call never requires us to lean on our own talents and abilities first and foremost. But upon his empowerment! God doesn’t require us to equip ourselves before he calls us. Rather, he equips the people he calls. So, what has God called you to be? Are you letting fear hold you back? Read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 12 today, and consider your calling.