The Right Man for the Job

“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.” – Jeremiah 1:5-9

In this scripture, God had a job for Jeremiah. He wanted Jeremiah 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.

“God, I’d really like to deliver your message, but I am just not the right person. I’m young. I’m not a good speaker. You have sooo many more options, God, than me!”

Have you ever had a conversation with God like that? Maybe He needs you to have a conversation with a co-worker that you know is cheating someone else. Maybe it is with your neighbor who isn’t attending church. Maybe it is with your spouse or best friend or someone at church. Sometimes we are faced with a peer pressure situation where everyone else is doing it but we know it is wrong and God needs us to speak out against it.

The problem for Jeremiah was, God knew Jeremiah was the man for the job, and God 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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