Jeremiah 1:6-8 – Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy". But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a boy'; for you shall go to all whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them.
Jeremiah is in a personal crisis. It may be his self-esteem or his self-image that is suffering, but he is in a real crisis of identity.
- He is young, too young to be taken seriously;
He isn't into public speaking;
And he's so scared he wants to be sick.
He reminds me of my first time preaching in the pulpit many years ago.
I was 18. I had never done more than read in church. And I was hyperventilating so badly I thought I'd pass out. The whole experience took six minutes. And Jeremiah's unspoken question was uppermost in my mind — why me, Lord? What have I ever done to you that you are forcing me to do this? And it was a forcing. Who's going to listen to me, just a kid, speaking about the bible, about God, about our response and our responsibility before our Lord?
God can use a scared teenager, a dried up oldster and everyone in between to proclaim the message of good news in Jesus Christ. God can use you, today, in any way God wants… if you are willing.
"The Lord said to me, 'Now, I have put my words in your mouth.'" (Jeremiah 1:9)
Prayer: May the words of my mouth proclaim your praise to the people I meet today. Take away the fear I feel and let me learn to love as you first loved me, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.