“Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
Excuses, excuses, excuses. It cost too much, I’m too old, it’s too far, I’m too (blank). We’re all full of them. I’m probably the worst. This verse makes me think of a willingness to follow God. That’s what God wants. God wants us to love him so much that even with the shortcomings we have, we’re willing to put one foot forward and start on His path for us.
Jeremiah feels he’s too inexperienced and won’t be taken seriously. God tells him he was consecrated (having been made or declared sacred) for His purpose. It’s like saying it’s his destiny. To God, our tomorrow (future) already looks like yesterday. He is sovereign. All that we need He has given us. Regardless of our excuses or perceived inability, God will accomplish what he desires through us. Sometimes it’s hard to realize how much better it is to run to God than running from God. 2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds me that all I need has been provided and all the doors he’s opened for me in spite of my excuses.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- In what ways do you feel a little inadequate?
- What excuses do you find yourself using when you think about what God has called you to do?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Dr Brit Jordan