Jeremiah chapter one.
I've been reading the book of Jeremiah with my mother, and like every single book I dive into I've been in awe of its density and truth (what else would I expect). There's so many elements present in this book; from promises to condemnation; from grace to the reality of our disobedience and how God sees and deals with all of that. The first few verses of the first chapter deals with the grace abounded to Jeremiah to be used as God's instrument to bring about prophecy.
I relate to Jeremiah intensely, I imagine him receiving this heavy revelation and being so overwhelmed; "ME, A PROPHET.. GOD LOOK WE'RE COOL AND ALL BUT.. I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth". There's fifty-two chapters of this book so we know he got over all of that.
But is this not us?; we blame our incompetency on our youthfulness and other hindrances. We fear every possibility, our worthiness is questioned, and our faith tested.
Prior to that verse, God appoints and calls out Jeremiah directly:
v 5: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations".
Jeremiah's reason for being was to prophesy. Consecrated by God, meaning to make or declare sacred, dedicated formally for a divine purpose. And before then God affirms Jeremiah saying He knew him, he foreknew him, and he predestined him (Romans 8:29).
It does not end in acknowledgment,
v 17: "Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them".
Our worthiness is rooted and established in Christ, but we must then prepare ourselves, push back natural scares, and be courageous.
Chapter one is filled with encouraging promises of communion with God, of strength abound by God. But most importantly, we learn the necessity of obedience. The opportunity for self will, and the consequences of that. Jeremiah is told to be obedient, and if he does not, he will be humbled before the world. Woah.
We touch on key points such as free will, predestination, and other doctrinal elements that can be a cause for thoughts to stir. But one thing we are told definitely is to obey God's command for our life. We are called to ministry, we are welcomed to this privilege with God's strength in hand, and are reminded of our sole purpose: the glorification of our savior.
So do not say I am unable to, because I am young. Rather say I can, because He commanded me. We are all called to ministry, we are all called to glorify God.
(Usually when I do a bible plan, I look into sermons inspired by the word being studied and reach out to some favorite theologians and their ministry to see some different POV. I used John Piper's Desiring God ministry for references.)
-Siempre mirando al Sol