Jeremiah 1:4-5 “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘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.’”
Wow! Can we even begin to understand what this passage means? The LORD God, the Creator of the universe, knows us and had a purpose for our lives even before we were conceived! Should there be any reason then to believe that this God, who is our all-powerful Father, would at any time abandon us as we live to fulfill the ministry and calling that He created us for? My answer is a clear “no”!
But let us not forget that as kingdom builders we are constantly working against the kingdom and powers of darkness. The enemy has a clear scheme to confuse and discourage us in our calling.
In verse six of this chapter, Jeremiah gave God some reasons and excuses for why he was not fit for the task. How often do we find ourselves doing the same thing?
Our pathetic excuses reveal how much faith we actually have in God and His sovereignty in all circumstances. If we begin to focus on these excuses and believe they are legit, they will rob us of our joy and weaken our witness and power as His chosen ones.
I am challenged as I read further in this chapter. God responds to Jeremiah’s excuses and concerns with some promises that apply to us today.
“‘Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.’ Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, ‘Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.... (Praise the Lord! Fill us with Your Spirit, oh God!) They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8, 9, 19, emphasis mine).
When I think according to my own strength I waver in the call, vision and passion that God has given me for church planting and urban ministry. I imagine that most of you do as well. However, we must ask the Holy Spirit to lead us as we cast vision according to God’s standards and always remember His faithfulness.
I challenge you to go back to the beginning, the initial call, as I did recently, and write down some of the confirmations and evidences of God’s faithfulness leading up to today. They will be evidences that confirm His call on your life and the work He wants you to do. He is jealous for His work to go forth and therefore He is faithful to provide all that we need—often above and beyond what we can even ask or imagine!
I close with the chorus of a song sung by Aaron Keyes, “Sovereign Over Us.” Listen to it and believe it is true!