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Jeremiah 1:1-10 (ESV)

The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month. Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.” Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

Just like the passage from Psalm 139 that we read yesterday, we are told here that God forms us in our mother’s womb. He chooses whom He will, and does so from before they are even born. God knows us before we are created. His knowledge and wisdom are eternal. Omniscient - it means ‘all knowing’. God knows us so well, it is amazing.

Jeremiah was chosen to be a prophet in a difficult time in Israel’s history. He was young when God commissioned him to be a prophet. Yet, He reassured Jeremiah that He would be with him, and protect him. God’s mission for Jeremiah required him to be around for a while.

We too are called to be God’s witnesses. If our entire purpose in this life was only to become saved from our sins, God would take us to heaven right after we turn our lives over to Him. But He does not. He has a mission for us. We are told to go into the entire world, making disciples for Christ. Wherever we are in our lives when we are called, we need to start there, and tell others about God and His love that saved us. If we are not using the talents we have been given to increase God’s kingdom, then why not? We should not make excuses. We are to be about the Master’s business.

Each one of us is capable of touching the life of another. We are all capable of telling someone who does not know God about God’s love. But we cannot just speak about it. We must demonstrate it. Words are powerful. We can use them to glorify God, or deny Him. Let us ensure that we use our words to glorify and praise God. Let us be like Jeremiah, and speak the words given us by God.

by Virgil Stripes

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