By Louis Smith
Today's Scripture: Jeremiah 1:5-8
Central Thought: God enables those He calls.
If you have ever felt reluctant to do God's bidding, the call of Jeremiah—described in the first chapter of his book—is the passage of Scripture for you. It tells us much about God's plan for our lives, our response to His plan, and the help He provides to those who do His will.
When did God begin making plans for Jeremiah's life? It happened before Jeremiah had even come into existence (v. 5). David recognized something similar. He knew that God had begun working in his life while he was still in his mother's womb (Psalm 139:17). Think of it—before you came into existence, before you were even conceived, God was aware of you, and made plans for your life. Try to skirt around His plans, and you could easily miss your whole purpose in living.
Reluctance marked Jeremiah's response to God's plan. He based his reluctance on his own feelings of inadequacy (v. 6). You may feel the same way as you sense God's tug on your heart to devote your life in service to Him.
But God countered Jeremiah's reluctance with the assurance of His presence (vv. 7-8). God was not dependent on Jeremiah's abilities as a prophet. All He looked for in Jeremiah was his availability. This is still the primary thing God looks for. Don't shrink back from God's call because you doubt your abilities. Simply keep yourself available to Him for His purposes. God will in turn make you effective in His calling.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to confidently respond to Your will for my life.
Today's Bible Reading: Jeremiah 1:1-2:30; Philippians 4:1-23; Psalm 75:1-10; Proverbs 24:17-20