Jeremiah chapter 1:1-10
Have you ever wondered how long God has known you? The answer is, a lot longer than you have known yourself. In fact, God knew you before you were born. He said to Jeremiah in verse 5 “Before I formed you in the womb, and before you were born, I consecrated you, I have appointed you a prophet to the nations”
It is difficult for our finite minds to grasp that God knew us before we were born and it was God who appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. Note, Jeremiah did not appoint himself as a prophet and he was not appointed by a committee. God and God alone appointed him. This was always Gods plan and I think Jeremiah was afraid for God tells him not to be afraid later in the chapter.
The news Jeremiah had to deliver would not be popular, it was news of Gods Judgement against the wickedness of the people.
Have you ever felt that a task you are called to do is too much for you? God called Jeremiah and in verses 6 and 7 Jeremiah made excuses as to why he was not suitable for the task. “Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth”. But the Lord said to me, Do not say, “I am a youth because everywhere I send you, you shall go”.
Note the two excuses Jeremiah gave.
1. I do not know how to speak
2. I am too young
The first excuse reminds me of Moses when God called him from within the burning bush. He to said that he could not speak. However he was called and he did lead the people of Israel, likewise, Jeremiah was called to deliver Gods warning to the people of his impending Judgement.
Being young was just an excuse. He was the son of a priest. He would have been familiar with a priestly role for he would have seen what his father did.
All too often in our modern world, people want to serve the lord out of wrong motives. They want to serve God for their own gain. Jeremiah did not do that. I think that in this passage it is implied that Jeremiah’s life was going on nicely and he did not have any problems. Being a prophet to the nations would cause him great pain. He really did not want to do it
However, to his credit, young Jeremiah was obedient to God and he went where God told him to go and told the people what God gave him to say
What of us, are we faithful to God like that? What if God wants us to tell people things that are not popular? Will we do it? Will we be willing to serve God like that? Telling people that they are sinners is not popular, but it is the truth and telling them that Christ has come and died for their sins and is risen from the dead and we need to trust in him is also the truth. Some will listen and some will not, but we are called to deliver that message.
God uses people of all ages. Jeremiah was young, Moses was 80 years old when God called him to lead the people. Are you making excuses not to serve God? If you are, be honest about it and let God use you. In the end, it will be a blessing