Today’s In My Secret Place devotion reminded me of the prophet Jeremiah. God chose him to speak on his behalf to his chosen people of Jerusalem and Judah. Jeremiah was hesitant for what we may think are good reasons. Jeremiah did not understand why God had chosen him when he was still a youth AND he would not have labeled himself as charismatic at all. God’s response to Jeremiah’s doubt was powerful:
Jeremiah 1:7-10 NCV
7 But the Lord said to me, “Don’t say, ‘I am only a boy.’ You must go everywhere I send you, and you must say everything I tell you to say. 8 Don’t be afraid of anyone, because I am with you to protect you,” says the Lord.
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth. He said to me, “See, I am putting my words in your mouth. 10 Today I have put you in charge of nations and kingdoms. You will pull up and tear down, destroy and overthrow, build up and plant.”
Purpose, Power, & Protection
Jeremiah was chosen before he was made in his other’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). Jeremiah’s purpose was not predicated on his experience or his prior knowledge. God gave Jeremiah everything he needed to fulfill his destiny.
- Purpose – Jeremiah was chosen to prophesy to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)
- Power – God equipped Jeremiah by touching his mouth. He gave Jeremiah the words to say and the authority to stand before everyone in the land. (Jeremiah 1:9, 18)
- Protection – God forewarned Jeremiah that people will come against him, but he will protect him. God reassured Jeremiah that he shouldn’t be afraid of man, but instead he should fear his wrath if he did not do as he said. (Jeremiah 1:17-19)
God’s timing is perfect for the chosen.
I found great comfort in this Jeremiah’s journey. I have being battling self-doubt just as Jeremiah did early in the first chapter. When God chose me to speak on mental health awareness, I felt inadequate, unequipped, and too weak to minister. I felt I needed to get to the other side of my battle before I could effectively minister to people. God hushed my doubt just as he did Jeremiah. He removed every excuse I had not because he had to, but because he is such a caring and kind God.
God told me I was who he needed because of the compassion I had toward the issue. He told me has gifted me with emotions of fire, and for this reason I was perfect to speak. He said when speak in midst of my battle, it is nearly impossible for people not to feel me and they also feel compelled to listen. I did feel inexperienced to speak even though I felt qualified. It was my belief that my message would be effective because I did not have as much support as others. I felt God should have chosen someone who had better social skills and could reach more people. God told me that I was worthy of his vision.
While God made my purpose clear, I am still patiently waiting on his Power and with that also comes his protection. I know I am in Hidden Place for a reason, and I am learning to appreciate that everyday. There will come a time when God will tell me to go, and I will do just that. Until then, I will continue to study and devote my time to him!
We are all chosen.
Being chosen to do something you would have have never done can be intimidating. Oh trust me, I know! However, I also know God’s wrath is wayyyyyy more intimidating than what people could say about you or do to you. I encourage everybody reading this to submit to God’s purpose for you life and let him have FULL control of your every word and every move. Every flaw I thought I had turned out to be for the good of his kingdom. I found peace in knowing that when God gives you Purpose, his Power and Protection will also follow. I pray that you find the same peace as you accept God’s purpose for your life!
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