Day 1: Jeremiah 1: 1-19
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 1:5).
It’s funny how we can desire for God to show us our purpose but just as soon as He does we hit the brakes and go wait what? God, I think You meant that for someone else because there is no way that I am capable of doing this! You can only imagine what Jeremiah’s thoughts were as God not only tells him that He created him to be a prophet but also that he is to go and share the message of God’s wrath to the people of Judah. Jeremiah immediately looks to his own limitations (v.6) and begins to tell God why he can’t do it. We so often give God this laundry list of why we can’t walk in the calling He has for our life because we don’t think we’re capable of doing it. The truth is a lot of us have convinced ourselves that we can’t do certain things because other people, not God remind you, told you that you wouldn’t be able to or that you weren’t good enough. They told you you’re too young, you’re too old, you’re too uneducated, you don’t look the part, you can’t because your momma or your daddy didn’t, you don’t have the money to do it, you don’t have the skill….and the list goes on and on and on. Look, at some point you have to tell people to take their mouth off of you! They can think and say whatever they want to but what did God say? Stop allowing unqualified people to speak into your life and simply allow the word of God to be your point of reference for what you are capable of doing!
As the Lord reveals to Jeremiah the different things that are going to happen to Judah due to their disobedient (v. 11-16) He also reminds him of something very important. He reminds Jeremiah that as he prophesies the Lord’s wrath on these people that they will fight against him. He didn’t say they might fight against you, they may or may not like you, they may receive you, I don’t really know just go in and see. No, God gave Jeremiah a sure word that they will fight against Him but the follow up was also a sure word and that is “but they shall not prevail against thee; for I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee” (v.19). Don’t be afraid to face opposition in doing what God has called you to do or to say. People may fight against you, but they won’t take you out. They may talk about you, but their words won’t prevail. They may hate you and the God that you serve, but they will not overtake you. Stand firm in the midst of opposition and keep doing what God has called you to do. Stop waiting for everyone to be okay with what God has called you to do! Everybody won’t get it, like it, or believe in it; that’s their problem not yours.
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