August 7 (Daily reading: Jeremiah 1-3) There is a theme in Jeremiah of God’s plan, purpose, and promise. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you [purpose], plans to give you hope and a future [promise]’” (Jer. 29:11, NIV). God’s plan for Jeremiah was revealed in His call (1:4-10), which gives us insight for understanding our own call from God. First, if I belong to Christ, the question is not “Am I called?” but “Will I accept His call?” God told Jeremiah that he had been chosen, called, and consecrated even before he was born.
A second insight concerns our abilities to fulfill His call. Jeremiah protested because he felt he was too young, and he was not a speaker. God dealt with the youth issue: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak” (1:7-8). Age and experience are not the primary things to consider; what is most important is being under God’s authority, assured of His leading! And concerning the ability to speak: “I have put My words in your mouth” (1:9). Remember the question God asked Moses: “Who has made man’s mouth?” (Ex. 4:11). When God calls, He also equips!
Third, we are assured of God’s presence and power in fulfilling His call. “I am with you” (1:8). “‘They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,’ declares the LORD” (1:19). These words recall what Jesus said in John 16:33, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” God’s call is not to be successful, but to be faithful. Successful is a “master” word; faithful is a “servant” word.
– Al Gary