Read: Jeremiah 1:1-19
“I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” Jeremiah 1:6
God is calling Jeremiah to speak His messages to the people and the leaders of Judah, and Jeremiah immediately disqualifies himself because of his age. Of course he goes on to be a powerful prophet of God but not without self-doubt up front.
Moses does the same thing when God calls him to liberate the people of Israel from Egypt, except he says “I can’t speak well.” It seems to me that most of the people who are used mightily by God are reluctant at first. “I’m too young,” “I can’t speak well,” “I’m not smart enough,” “Who am I?,” etc.
God delights in using those who aren’t hungry for position or power, because their motives tend to be purer, and the glory goes to Him.
The good news in this is that God can and wants to use you and me even in spite of our insufficiencies, our age (too old or too young), our level of confidence, or any other self imposed or real limitations. We have our reasons why we don’t qualify, and God’s response is the same to us as it was to Jeremiah…”5 I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart…” “7 The LORD replied, ‘Don’t say, ‘I’m too _________,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.'”
Like Jeremiah we must remain humble and pure in our motives, and at the same time believe what God says about us and obey the call He has on our lives.
So what is God calling you to do? What are your excuses? And what is God’s response? Lastly, what is your next move?
God, help me to walk humbly with you, and boldly in what you have called me to. Calm the fears of inadequacy and help me to trust you as I fulfill the ministry you have given me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.