Jeremiah was young, probably 20-ish, when God gave him an important job to do. Important, yes. Glamorous, no. Barely an adult, Jeremiah was to be an unpopular voice in an out-of-control culture. He probably felt too young, unqualified, and lacking in self-confidence to command the stage in front of a hostile crowd.
God said, “Whatever. Do it anyway.” (That would be a paraphrase; the following is not):
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’ ‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ 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. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you … ” ~ Jeremiah 1:4-10a
I’ve been asked to do some tough things in my life …
- To say “no” to my kids when all the other parents are saying “yes”
- To speak the truth, even when there’s a good chance I’ll be misunderstood
- To miss out on some pop shows and movies because they don’t leave my heart and mind in the right place
- To give up career advances and accolades to be more available to my family
- To put my dreams on hold in order to cheerlead someone else’s
- To stand up for what I believe is right, even if it means I lose friends in the process (yes, even church friends)
It’s tough. I’ve been criticized and questioned, and many times I’ve caved. There are times I just want to FIT IN. I don’t want to do the tough stuff. I’d rather take the easy road, because the easy road is a party, full of friends, laughs, and three cheers for tomorrow.
But the tough road is lonely.
Jeremiah knew it. He may have been young, but he wasn’t stupid. In spite of what he knew was to come, he pulled out his courage and decided to obey rather than cave, without any promise of reward other than …
“I am with you and will rescue you.”
It was enough for Jeremiah. Is it enough for me? For you?
- Day 218 (Monday): Zephaniah 1-3
- Day 219: Jeremiah 1-3
- Day 220: Jeremiah 4-6
- Day 221: Jeremiah 7-9
- Day 222: Jeremiah 10-13
- Day 223: Jeremiah 14-17
- Day 224: Jeremiah 18-22