Archive for August 29th, 2017

The book of Jeremiah is the longest book of the Bible, containing more words than any other book.  It contains many prophecies of God’s judgement against Judah, the fall of Jerusalem and judgement against the nations.  Jeremiah can be seen primarily as a ‘prophet of doom’ and is sometimes known as ‘the weeping prophet’ on account of his retelling of his own personal anguish.  However, he is also a prophet of restoration, and in v.10 the Lord tells him that he has “appointed him to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant”.  Throughout his great journey as a prophet, Jeremiah receives reassurance from the Lord.  He is with him, despite his own personal anguish and occasional disobedience.

We are reminded though that all great journeys have to start somewhere.  It is often said that “all great journeys start with a single step”.  This is certainly true and in this first chapter we see Jeremiah’s initial calling and his first tentative steps.  In v.5 he tells us that the word of the Lord said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”.  This is also true for all of us; God knows us, loves us, and has great plans for us.  Not only for us, but for our children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and generations not yet born!  Note Jeremiah’s initial reluctance and timidity in v.6.  It is easy to understand Jeremiah’s reluctance and feelings of inadequacy.  However, whenever God calls us, he will equip us and stand by us.  God reassures him, “I am with you and will rescue you” (v.8). It is the same for us; he will never leave us and will protect us, no matter how daunting the situation may appear.

God then immediately gives Jeremiah visions, and it is great to see how Jeremiah responds.  His ‘only a child’ mentality seems to disappear and he starts describing the visions.  God affirms him and explains the visions.  He builds him up with these ‘exercises’ and then declares, “Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall.” (v.18) In one short chapter, we have seen God call, placate, train, equip and commission one timid child!
















Lord, I know that when you call someone, you will equip and support them for all that you call them to.  Thank you that you have great plans for me and give me wisdom and sensitivity to hear your calling.  In Jesus’ name. 

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