The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of March 26-April 1, 2017, is Jeremiah 1:4-10. This passage records Jeremiah’s calling by the Lord. As you read this week’s passage, study Jeremiah’s reaction to his calling. Have you ever acted in a similar manner?
Then the word of the Lord came to me [Jeremiah], saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Say not, I am only a youth; for you shall go to all to whom I shall send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Be not afraid of them [their faces], for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:4-10, AMP)
Jeremiah’s reaction is one shared by many prophets and individuals whom the Lord has called into His service: believing they are unfit to serve. Moses was scared of public speaking. Joshua needed frequent assurance and encouragement. Saul, after prophesying with prophets, felt unqualified and inadequate and attempted to hide! Solomon sought wisdom above all else, perhaps feeling he was too young to become king. Do you feel inadequate, unqualified, unsure, and/or scared for the purpose the Lord has called you? Take comfort! You are in good company.
God has called us all to serve Him in some manner. Very few approach the task with no reservations. As you meditate on, pray over, and reflect upon this weeks verse, consider what task the Lord has set before you. What excuse are you using to evade serving?