Before I formed you…

“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.”

“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.

Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth.”

God had a job for Jeremiah. He wanted him to tell the people of Israel to repent and return to God or face dire consequences. It wasn’t a message Jeremiah wanted to deliver and because of it, he made excuses to God. But God knew Jeremiah was the man for the job, and He encouraged him.

God never asks us to do something He does not equip us to do; yet, we question our abilities. Maybe God has called you to do a particular job for Him but you do not believe it is possible. We can understand how Jeremiah might have felt. God’s words to Jeremiah are no different from the words He would say to you or me. “Do not be afraid…I am with you.”

God has work for you to do. Whether or not you do it is up to you. Listen to the tug within your heart. Respond to His voice and call on your life. Don’t let your doubts and insecurities prevent you from moving forward and doing what God has asked you to do.

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