Day 3 Read: Jeremiah 1:4-10
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”
9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,
“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”
Reflect: What do we learn about “calling” from this verse? What impact do you think this verse had in Jeremiah’s life personally?
Consider: His protest against God’s call reminds of Moses’ (Exod. 4:1–17) and Gideon’s (Judg. 6:15), though they all give different reasons. The objection of his youth is overruled by God’s reply that he has intended to call him since before he was born. Jeremiah’s life from the beginning is bound up with God’s plan for many nations (vv. 4–8). God assures Jeremiah that he has given him authority to declare what God plans to do.3
Respond: When has it been clear in your own life that God was calling you to a task? What are some of the obstacles that get in the way of believers living out their calling? How does this all mesh with the knowledge that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?
3 Gordon McConville, Exploring the Old Testament: The Prophets, vol. 4 (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002), 52.