Equipped for Our Calling

Jeremiah 1:6-8
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.  But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.  Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Don’t we all feel totally inadequate and ill-equipped when God calls us to do something?  Maybe even though our hearts are willing, we recognize so strongly the weakness within us.  We see who we are and know we are not up to the task.  But God knows us, too.  He knows us better than we know ourselves, and so He also knows what He is going to do in and through us.  His Spirit can work in us in powerful ways that we could never even imagine.

God does not send Jeremiah out without equipping him for this calling, and He does the same for us.  He makes us into what we need to be to face what may come.  He is with us throughout the journey.  He will be near in every struggle we face along the way.  He will help us to accomplish those tasks that would be much too difficult to do on our own.

So let’s not allow fear to hold us back.  Let’s not allow those doubts that creep in to prevent us from answering God’s call for our life.  Let’s not use our weaknesses as excuses not to even try, but trust God to supply all that we lack.  We don’t really have to do much more than obey, because God is the one doing the hard part, and He gives the strength, wisdom, abilities, and opportunities that we need to be successful.  He knows everything we will face, and He has the solutions already figured out.

What is God asking of us just now that we maybe feel like we can’t handle?  Like Jeremiah, we may feel like a child called to a man’s task.  But God doesn’t make mistakes.  He understands what He’s working with and what He created us to do.  He knows how He is going to work and what we will become.  So let’s simply be willing to say yes to God, even if we can’t see how it will ever be possible, because God is good at accomplishing what we see as impossible.  He’s good at taking those who are willing to trust Him and surrender to Him and doing amazing things through them for the benefit of many more.  And then He gets the glory, and we get the blessings that come with obeying our Lord.

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