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He equips whom he calls

Posted on June 8, 2021

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Have you ever felt inadequate for a task? In the normal course of life we bump into circumstances and needs that seem too big for us to handle or require more expertise or resources than we have. So, we call for someone else to step in while we get out of the way.

When the Lord called Jeremiah into the prophetic ministry, he immediately responded with an assertion of his inadequacy: “’Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth’” (Jeremiah 1:6). Jeremiah thought that he was not old enough to speak for God - he needed more time to mature and develop his skills. But God does not let him off the hook. God promises that he will be with Jeremiah to deliver him from his foes (1:8) and informs Jeremiah that he will go and speak to people as instructed (1:7). And then God addresses Jeremiah’s assertion that he cannot speak by symbolically touching his mouth (1:9) and giving him content to speak: “’Behold I have put my words in your mouth’” (1:9). What Jeremiah spoke and experienced fills 52 chapters in our Bibles.

There is an important biblical principle in this first chapter of Jeremiah. It is this: God equips those he calls to serve him. We are correct when we say to God, “I can’t do that.” But God does not expect us to serve him on our own strength. He desires to work through us to accomplish his purposes. And he likes to use weak people for that. As the Apostle Paul reminds us, God works though those who appear weak so that they have no basis for boasting and he gets all the credit (1 Corinthians 1:9).

Is God prompting or calling you to a role or task in ministry that you resist because you feel unqualified? Do you brush aside the call because you think it cannot be real because you could never do it? Keep in mind Jeremiah. He was not qualified, either. But God gave him all he needed to fulfill the call. God equips those he calls.

Russ Veldman is pastor at Lawrenceville’s Free Methodist Church. He has been a resident of Lawrence County since 2013.

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