In the book of Jeremiah, we learn that this great prophet feared his calling. In verse 6 of Chapter 1, he tries to convince God that he’s not the man for the job. He says “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”God dismisses this argument, saying that He will be the one sending Jeremiah and telling him what to say (verse 7). He also tells him that he need not fear, as God would be with him (verse 8).
As believers, it’s natural to feel ill equipped and unqualified. The spirit of this world is against us. Our faith is under attack. The world demands answers and we can barely keep up with the questions. The world loves to see a Christian fumble and fail.
Actually, I believe that finding ourselves in a position we aren’t qualified to do is a great place to be in – it ensures that we rely only on God’s grace rather than relying on our own strength. It keeps us out of the way and ensures that we simply act as vessels of the Holy Spirit.
Probably all that the world has to say about me is true – I was a sinner just like them, I may be too young, or too old, or too this, or too that. It makes no difference though. I no longer need to feel weighed down by the burden of having to come up with all the right answers. No; I can trust that God will speak through me because I have relationship with Him.
Once I realize that I am a vessel of the Holy Spirit, it no longer matters what people have to say about me, because it’s not about me. What a relief! I’m not tasked with having all the answers and being perfect. I’m only tasked with knowing God and believing His Word. I answer to Him, not to the world. And He loves me no matter how much I may fumble or fail.
Scriptures: Jeremiah 1:6-8
Let’s read: “…Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you…”