Understanding Your Call: Nuggets from the Jeremiah Story Pt 2

Jeremiah 1:7-12   7 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.  9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.  10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”  11 The word of the LORD came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.  12 The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.” [NIV]

in the last devotional we saw that  feelings of inadequacy tend to overwhelm us whenever we are faced with a realization of the task that God has called us to do. We feel we don’t have enough resource, experience or connections. In this devotional we will look at the answer for that human dilemma.

  1. Our Calling Requires Divine Resources: Not only has God called you, but He also resources and equips you for the task he has called you to accomplish.  Whatever God tells you to do He is willing to enable you to do it. One of the greatest blessings from God is the gift of His presence. He assured Jeremiah that “I am with you and will rescue you” (verse 8). Not only has God promised to be with us, he also provides everything else we need to accomplish his purpose for us. As God’s prophet, Jeremiah needed words from God—and God gave him exactly that. Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth (verse 9). What is it that you feel may be limiting you from doing what God has called you to do? In other words, what resources do you need to accomplish your purpose? God is willing and able to provide.
  2. Our Calling Involves a Specific Task: Whereas God calls all people unto Himself, He has called each one of us for a specific task. He called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations (see verse 5). God went ahead to give Jeremiah a specific assignment: See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant (verse 10). What specific assignment has God given you to accomplish in your generation? One of the saddest things that could happen to anyone is to try to live someone else’s life. As a friend of mine put it, “you cannot work for Nike and expect Reebok to pay you! Live a life that God meant you to live, and live it faithfully. Be what God meant you to be and do what God called you to do. That’s what a life well-lived is all about.
  3. Our Calling is Enhanced by a Clear Vision: When God calls us he gives us a vision. This vision enables us to see beyond what is to what God wants to accomplish. A good vision is that which originates from the heart of God. It is only when we see things the way God sees them that we can say we have a real vision.  The question that God asked Jeremiah is still of great relevancy even today: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” (verse 11). You could substitute the name Jeremiah for yours. Do you have the eyes that see beyond the brokenness and the pain around you? Do you see what God sees in this apathetic and morally insensitive generation? What do you see? And can God say to you “You have seen correctly” like he did to Jeremiah? May God give us eyes and hearts that see correctly!
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