Jeremiah, the prophet, was known, sanctified, and ordained to be a prophet while he was still in the womb. He would preach to Judah and would call them to repent. They refused and subsequently were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. Jerusalem was destroyed, the Temple burnt, and the people exiled. Yet Jeremiah preached.
JEREMIAH’S CALL VERSES 4-5
Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
JEREMIAH’S EXCUSES AND GOD’S REPONSE VERSES 6-8
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
GOD PUTS HIS WORD IN JEREMIAH’S MOUTH VERSES 9-10
9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
WHAT DOES THIS PASSAGE TEACH US?
- God can call anyone, at any time, for any reason to serve Him
- No one is too young to serve the Lord
- When God calls you to service, He will deliver you
- God will give you His Word, the Bible, to use in ministry
- God gives specific missions
Are you ready and willing to serve God? God is looking for laborers.
Have a great day.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001