Jeremiah – Are you obeying God’s call?
Jeremiah was 20 years old when God called him to be a prophet. It is clear that Jeremiah was overwhelmed by the task. “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” In God’s Word, we see there was a large group of people used mightily by God who didn’t think they could handle the job – Moses, Gideon, Isaiah, and Paul among them. The reality is, with God they did astonishing things. Truly, the value of God’s presence can’t be overstated. Even though Jeremiah hesitated as first but then he surrendered to the Lord and become one of history’s most decisive spiritual leaders.
I did not realize this but Jeremiah was called to be a prophet, which was much different than a priest. A priest’s duties were predictable. Just about everything a priest had to do was written down in the Law. The ministry of a prophet was quite another matter, because you never knew from one day to the next what the Lord would call you to say or do. A priest worked primarily to conserve the past by protecting and maintaining the sanctuary ministry, but the prophet labored to change the present so the nation would have a future. The prophets had the difficult job of changing the hearts of individuals. Prophets addressed whole nations, and usually the people they addressed didn’t want to hear the message. For four decades, Jeremiah preached and didn’t see a single conversion. He wasn’t celebrated but persecuted. Preaching the Word to hardhearted people had to be a demanding.
Jeremiah served the Lord as a faithful prophet. Has God called you to a difficult task or a new challenge? Maybe you struggle with this task because you have feelings of inadequacy ability or you do not think you have enough training or experience. We should not allow feelings of inadequacy to keep us from obeying God’s call. Remember, God always promises to be with you and he will provide all you need to do it. As a Christ follower, we need to be decisive leaders and accept new challenges cheerfully and do it with diligence. As never before, our homes, churches, cities and nations need decisive leaders who will obey the Word of God.