Selected by God-Jeremiah 1:1-10

Jeremiah 1:1-10 “The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. 2 The word of the Lord came to him in the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, 3 and through the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, when the people of Jerusalem went into exile. 4 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. 9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Geremia 1:1-10 «Parole di Geremia, figlio di Chilchia, uno dei sacerdoti che stavano ad Anatot, nel paese di Beniamino. 2 La parola del Signore gli fu rivolta al tempo di Giosia, figlio di Amon, re di Giuda, l’anno tredicesimo del suo regno, e al tempo di Ieoiachim, figlio di Giosia, re di Giuda, sino alla fine dell’anno undicesimo di Sedechia, figlio di Giosia, re di Giuda, fino a quando Gerusalemme fu deportata, il che avvenne nel quinto mese. La parola del Signore mi fu rivolta in questi termini: 5 «Prima che io ti avessi formato nel grembo di tua madre, io ti ho conosciuto; prima che tu uscissi dal suo grembo, io ti ho consacrato e ti ho costituito profeta delle nazioni». Io risposi: «Ahimè, Signore, Dio, io non so parlare, perché non sono che un ragazzo». 7 Ma il Signore mi disse: «Non dire: “Sono un ragazzo”, perché tu andrai da tutti quelli ai quali ti manderò e dirai tutto quello che io ti comanderò. 8 Non li temere, perché io sono con te per liberarti», dice il Signore. 9 Poi il Signore stese la mano e mi toccò la bocca; e il Signore mi disse: «Ecco, io ho messo le mie parole nella tua bocca. 10 Vedi, io ti stabilisco oggi sulle nazioni e sopra i regni, per sradicare, per demolire, per abbattere, per distruggere, per costruire e per piantare».
     Jeremiah was born into a priestly family. Even though he was a priest, God called him to be a prophet to the nations (plural) in the 13th year of King Josiah of Judah. His ministry lasted more than 40 years. What is striking about this prophet is that it mentions that before he was formed in the womb, he had been selected by God. What a powerful thought to know that our omnipotent God planned our creation and gave us a task to do for Him. Whether you are a prophet, priest, king or just an ordinary person, God has selected you to fulfill His destiny in your life.
     What an awesome idea until you realize the weight of responsibility attached to it. Jeremiah gives the typical answers from someone who doubts what God can do through them: “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
     God’s response to a doubtful Jeremiah should be a great comfort to us. First, his inexperience was not to be used as an excuse for failing to step out. We have to start sometime. God gave him plenty of experience over time. Second, protection in his task would be under God’s watchful eye. This would be seen throughout Jeremiah’s life. Third, the words would not be his but God would give him what needed to be spoken. “Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.” v. 10)
Pray with me: Lord, I know that You planned my potential before I was born. Help me not to make up excuses. I want to do Your will and speak Your words. Keep me safe by Your mighty hand.

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