Jeremiah 1:4-6 (ESV)
The Call of Jeremiah
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
We say things like:
• I can’t help but think…
• I can’t help but feel…
• I can’t help but say/do…
Questions that need to be asked are:
• why do I think this way?
• why do I feel this way?
• why do I say things like that?
Answering those questions can be tough because if you are anything like me, I have so many things going on in my head. It makes it difficult to figure yourself out. I even have people walk into my office all the time and say, “I know my problem is…,” but they are unable to address the problem correctly. I think it boils down to realizing that we are not qualified to diagnose ourselves. I have found that I am not the expert on “me.” God is the expert.
God prescribed a calling on Jeremiah’s life and explained briefly how much of an expert He was in Jeremiah’s life. He told him “that before I formed you, I knew you. And before you were born I consecrated you.” The word “consecrated” means dedicated for a divine purpose. So God presented a plan/process and Jeremiah came back with a self-diagnosed excuse: “I am only a youth.”
God answered this way (7-8):
But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD.
Today, let God be your expert. Instead of laying out the specifics of our problems in our prayers, ask God what are our real problems and let the Great Physician prescribe what we really need.