There is no greater love than the love of the Father, and love never fails. Imagine Jeremiah’s reaction as God spoke these words to him:
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. ~Jeremiah 1:5
Jeremiah responded with a strong fear of inadequacy — I do not know how to speak; I am too young. God immediately stopped this negative self talk and issued a stern directive.
Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ 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. ~Jeremiah 1:7-8
What I suspect is that Jeremiah didn’t yet realize that God was with him and would fully equip him to walk in his purpose. Like Jeremiah, we sometimes forget that as children of God, he was work for us to do as well. He could very easily have a similar chat with you one day — no matter what you’re working on at the time and despite your age. He might just stop you in your tracks and send you in a different direction. Are you willing to say, Yes Lord, or will you tell God how inadequate you are?
God’s love for us is so liberating. He packages courage, love, speaking skills, strength, and compassion into these fragile, human containers and allows us to do his will with the security of knowing that he will rescue us if we get stuck. No one on Earth can make you a promise like that and keep it. Praise God for his vision, provision, and abiding love.
Before you leave today, turn up the volume and sing along to my Music Monday selection by Ginny Owens entitled “Free.” May blessings abound! <3