Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”
When God gave Jeremiah his commission as a prophet, Jeremiah responded with an objection I and many of you can identify with: "I'm too young."
Raise your hand if you've ever felt unprepared and unqualified for something God has called you to (my hand is raised).
Even Jeremiah feels ill-equipped for the job, but he is coming from a place of humility, which is a great thing in the sight of God. I could list twenty verses just dealing with the importance God places on humility. It is only when we are humble, when we recognize our weakness and humanity, that God can show His power through us.
And He promises to do just that. God doesn't leave Jeremiah hanging with no clue how to go about this prophecy thing; He assures the young man that because He has called him to this appointment, He will equip him.
The same is true for you and me, if not magnified. Why? Because, if we are children of God, we have been given the Holy Spirit!
Here are just a few amazing examples of what God has done and promises to do through us when we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us:
He will give us words to testify in the presence of those who want to harm us.
When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour. For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
He will give us abundant life.
If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
He will work the power of Christ in us.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me..."
2 Corinthians 12:9
If you feel you are too young, too old, too unhealthy, too healthy, too poor, too rich, too introverted, too extroverted, or too anything, you are probably right. But if you present your fears and weaknesses in humility before God, He will raise you up. Nothing is impossible with God. And the power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.