Whisper Day 10: Jeremiah's Call to Action

Jeremiah Receives the Gift of Prophecy from God, from The Bible Series, 1957 by Marc Chagall

The Power of a Whisper Reading Plan
Day 10 Reading: Jeremiah 1

Pastor Lisa’s Journal
Scripture
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.”
Jeremiah 1:9 (NRSV)

Observation
In today’s passage, God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet of God. Jeremiah is hesitant to heed this call to action because of his age and inexperience. God addresses each of Jeremiah’s concerns.

Verse 7: Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.
God reminds Jeremiah who he is in God’s eyes (a prophet to the nations) not who the world says he is (a boy). God gives Jeremiah a glimpse of himself responding powerfully and faithfully to God’s call- you shall go… you shall speak…

Verse 8: Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.

God reminds Jeremiah that he is not expected to fulfill this call in his own strength. God is there to strengthen and protect Jeremiah as he responds, to even fight for him when necessary. God affirms this again in verses 18- 19, using building imagery to remind Jeremiah that he is fortified by God for this mission.

Verse 17: Do not break down before them  
In verses 7-8, God addresses the fears of initially responding to the call. In verses 9 and 17, God addresses the fears that arise in the midst of fulfilling the call.  In the heat of the moment we ask, “What am I going to say?” In verse 9, God promises to provide- Now I have put my words in your mouth.

In verse 17, God reminds Jeremiah that he is not being forced into this decision. Jeremiah has the free will to choose to stand and speak God’s message before the nation’s leaders. He is not a puppet. Jeremiah is also reminded that should he choose to accept the call, God will fulfill the mission through him, not for him. Jeremiah must make the decision to bring his strength to the situation. (gird up his loins) In order to fulfill the mission, Jeremiah must place his trust and confidence in God and choose to act. God will magnify Jeremiah’s strength as he steps out in faith.

Application
When faced with a call to action, we can allow ourselves to be broken down by an earthly view the situation or we can allow God to build us up, step out in faith, trusting God to provide what we need to fulfill the mission.

Prayer
Lord of Light,
change the way I see

I see weakness where you see strength.
change the way I see

I see hopelessness where you see healing.
change the way I see

I see inexperience where you see potential.
change the way I see

I see giants where you see Promised Land.
change the way I see
that I may be strengthened to step out courageously in response to your call.
Amen.

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I look forward to reading your comments and to all that Jesus will do in you and through you as you learn to better listen and respond to God’s whispers in your life. – Lisa <><

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