Nicole hit it out of the ballpark with her intro on Jeremiah and Lamentations last week! What a great introduction to these two books of the Bible that can be difficult to understand and may not seem applicable to us today. But, oh dear ladies, they do apply! We can use every ounce of wisdom in God’s Word in our very own lives today!
The Word of God is living, breathing, and speaks to us even today. I love reading stories about others in the Bible. What does God accomplish through these people? What can I learn from their lives? I want to read the Bible asking how this applies to me in my own life. Let’s turn our attention to Jeremiah. What does Jeremiah’s life and story teach us about God? What can we take away from the readings to apply in our own lives? I believe everything in the Bible is important to God and can be used for our learning.
First of all, I think of Jeremiah’s calling. To refresh our memories, let’s read these verses:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” 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. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.” ~Jeremiah 1:5-10
God knew Jeremiah before he was born… even when he was in his mother’s womb… God knew the purpose he created him to fulfill. Then Jeremiah replied back to the Lord. He was discouraged and lacked self-confidence, he was not able to do the work God was calling him to. However, in the Lord’s lovingkindness and majesty, He encouraged Jeremiah, assuring him that He would be with him wherever he went, telling him to not be afraid. The Lord took his hand and physically touched Jeremiah’s mouth. “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” (v.9)
Wow! A hundred more wows!
Now I ask you to reread the verses above, insert your name as if God is speaking directly to you. He formed YOU in the womb. He appointed YOU for your purpose before you were born. He tells YOU not to be afraid. He is with YOU!
Oh, I love that so much! He knows us! He loves us! He created us for a purpose! Our calling may not be as difficult as Jeremiah’s, but I do believe it has great impact for the glory of God. Whether you are a schoolteacher, dentist,
stay-at-home mom, or leader of some kind, God placed you there for a purpose. Many people in the Bible were created for a specific purpose. Think about Esther who was in the right place at the right time and was able to save her people. Think about Noah and his purpose to rescue his family and continue human life after the flood. What about Rahab who hid the spies? And ultimately, Jesus Christ! God knew His purpose to be a sacrifice for our sins from the very beginning.
Some of us, myself included, may still ask the question, “What is my calling?” Are we too old to start something new? Are we too afraid to move into unknown territory? Well, if we are still on this earth, He is not done with us. There is much to do for the kingdom of God. I urge you, dear friend, to pray and ask the Lord to show you your calling. There may be something out there that YOU alone were created to accomplish. He has given YOU the talents, experiences, and maybe even trials to fulfill the calling He has for you specifically. Press on in faith. Do not be afraid. Remember, He says He is with us wherever we go. I don’t know about you, but that is both a comfort and a relief. It’s ultimately God doing the work through us for His own glory.
Would anyone like to share a particular calling they feel on their life? It always amazes me to hear about specific ministries and groups some people are led to. Maybe it is children, women, the homeless, orphans, or others… Feel free to share yours with us here, or share it with a friend today.
Thank you, Lord, for Jeremiah and his obedience to live his life according to Your call and purpose. Thank you that through his life we can see the ways You used him even when it was difficult and not glamorous. Thank you that You desire to use us for Your purpose and glory. I pray You would show each of us our specific calling. In the sweet name of Jesus I pray. Amen.