I would rather have been nibbled to death by ducks than to stand in front of a bunch of reluctant 17-year-olds just daring me to teach them grammar. That should take care of those feelings of inadequacy.
As frightening as those kinds of feelings are, we must never mistake them for reasons to avoid the direction God has for us in life. God had prepared him to be “a prophet to the nations” (Jer. Yet when he heard of God’s plans, he immediately objected, “I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (v.6). God has a plan for each of us He wants us to fulfill; And He'll provide the strength we need To carry out His will.
Feelings of inadequacy colored Jeremiah’s initial response to the Lord (Jeremiah 1:6).
He felt inexperienced and unprepared, but God resounded with reassurance. God promised His presence (Jeremiah 1:8, 19); He gave Jeremiah words to say (Jeremiah 1:9); and He strengthened him like a fortified city (Jeremiah ).
- Jeremiah 1:5 Today it's common for expectant parents to proudly show family and friends the sonogram images of their unborn child.
Although the grainy images can sometimes be hard to decipher, there's rarely any problem decoding the excitement on the faces of the parents!
Because of their idolatry, God’s people were threatened by invasion from the Babylonians.
Jeremiah was also called to be a prophet to the nations, a reminder that God is sovereign over the whole world.
Jeremiah 1:1–19 THE PROPHET'S CALL I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled. God does not give up on His people, even in their disobedience.
Jeremiah Psychologists tell us that we can determine a lot about someone on our first encounter—if we know how to read the signs. He was prepared for this moment long before Jeremiah was born (Jeremiah 1:5).
The Lord is "watching to see that my word is fulfilled" (Jeremiah ). APPLY THE WORD As you embark on your own encounter with the book of Jeremiah, pray that God would open your heart to see and receive what He wants to teach you.