Jeremiah 1:6-8 NIV 2011
“Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah was from the family of Hilkiah, a priest. God called him during the reign of Josiah, king of Judah. Like Moses and Gideon, he felt inadequate to serve the Lord. Exodus 3:11, “‘But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt.’” Judges 6:15, “‘Pardon me, my Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but how can I save Israel?’” The Lord saves men and women for His glory. God uses inadequate people and equips them to serve.
“When I am weak, He makes me strong!” That has been my battle cry since 1983. Via the study of God’s Word through BSF, writing, weekly sermons, small group and leading Bible Studies, I’ve seen God enable seemingly weak individuals to be strong. He unfailingly brings to light Scripture to share daily. Even when I feel inadequate to answer “yes” when approached to serve I know He’s there, keeping my qualms at bay. He faithfully walks beside me. He consistently equips me to serve, even though I’m inadequate.
Where is He calling you to serve?