God and Our Call (Lessons from Jeremiah)
Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah is from a priestly family living in the land of Benjamin. God calls him at a young age to be his prophet to the nations. God promises to give him the words to speak and that He will equip him. It will not be an easy task but God will be with him. As you read through the rest of Jeremiah, you see that Jeremiah had a hard ministry. The people did not listen to his message. He was arrested and lived in harsh conditions. At times, there seemed no hope, and Jeremiah despaired. BUT God was faithful just as He said he would be.
Looking at Jeremiah’s call, there are three things that we can learn about God.
1. God’s vision is for all nations.
2. God Promises to be with Those He Calls
“Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. (Jer. 1:8)
Then again in verse 19, he repeats these same words again. Throughout the book of Jeremiah, we see that God is with Jeremiah. How else could a prophet be so bold to preach a message that no one wanted to hear. How else could a man endure being put in a cistern with hardly any food.
We see God’s presence in Jeremiah’s life but also his hand. For example, He uses Ebed-melech in Jeremiah 38 to help deliver Jeremiah out of the cistern. Later God uses even the Babylonian king and his commander to protect and provide for Jeremiah in Jeremiah 39,40. Through the good and the bad, God is with Jeremiah.
We see this same promise to the 12 in Matt 28:20. Jesus proclaims that he will be with them always even to the very end.
Knowing God is with us changes things. God with us means we need not fear. God with us means we are not alone. God with us gives us the strength to step out and do what He has called us to do.
3. God Equips Those He Calls
“Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests, and to the people of the land.
Throughout his life, God gives Jeremiah the words to say and ability to say them well. He gives Jeremiah the strength to do the hard things to the very end.
In the same way, God still equips us today. In Acts 1:8, he promises his Spirit which comes to all believers at Pentecost. Throughout the NT, we are reminded that God will give us the words to say when we need them.
Do you believe that God equips you? I do. If someone told me a few years ago that I would be teaching little ones and actually enjoying it, I would have thought they were crazy. In this season, I see God equipping me to do a task that I was not initially trained for. I am amazed everyday as I see these little ones actually learning. I am humbled each day as God guides me to the right resources or gives me ideas that will helps me do a better job at guiding these precious ones.
What is God calling you to do? How do you see that God is with you and equipping you? I would love to hear your story.