September 28, 2017
Read: Jeremiah 1
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Scripture- Jeremiah 1:6-8- “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Observations- Jeremiah heard God's call in his life quite clearly, but he objected on the basis that he was "too young." God wasn't interested in this excuse in the same way he was interested in so many of the excuses people gave in the Bible to avoid responding to God's promptings in their lives. God simply says, "Keep moving. I'm going with you."
Application- We just saw that Isaiah tried to run from his calling because he had a filthy mouth. David committed adultery and had her husband murdered. Moses killed an Egyptian. Jacob lied to his own father. Noah drank too much. Rahab was a prostitute.Thomas doubted. Peter denied even knowing Jesus. Now tell me again why God couldn't possibly call you?
Prayer- Dear Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace that goes before me in all things. It's so hard sometimes to trust that You could possibly think so highly of me that You would call the likes of me and use me for Your glory. Help me learn how not to run away from Your unique calling in my one and only life. Help me be still before You and simply receive the gift that You will not lead me to a place You don't already inhabit. Amen.
"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God." (Ephesians 4:1),