Jeremiah 1:7-8 – Confidence in Our Calling

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

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.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV)

This was a tall order the Lord was setting before Jeremiah, as he was called to declare the coming of God’s judgement upon the nation of Judah. This would frighten anyone. Jeremiah had never done this before and appears not to have been an eloquent speaker (Jeremiah 1:6). But, God encouragingly assured he would be with him, and that is the most important to any calling, God with you. Jeremiah didn’t have to worry, because God called him to speak not on his personal authority, but on God’s.

Each of us has a calling upon our life and we all have our part to play as a member of the Body of Christ.  This can be a scary thought for us too, as we imagine the responsibility we have to other believers.  The amazing thing about God’s call though, is that it will never necessitate us to lean on our own talent and ability first and foremost, but upon him and his empowerment! God doesn’t require us to equip ourselves before he calls us. Rather, he equips us whom he has called. What has God called you to be?

Read and meditate on 1 Corinthians 12 today, and consider your calling.