St. Augustine, in his
, wrote: You awoke us to delight in Your praise; forYou made us for Yourself, and our heart is restless, until it rests in You. Dont seek to be known and accepted by others, but by God only. When you have a right relationship with God, then youre going to have a right relationship with people.
5 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.
od has a purpose for our lives.
God told Jeremiah, I set you apart and I appointedyou. God has a unique purpose for each of our lives. Everything that we are, all ourexperiences, successes and failures, God can use for His purpose. Before he was anapostle for Jesus, Paul hunted Christians down so that he could have them put todeath. But God had a plan for him. Paul writes in Galatians, But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in meso that I might preach Him among the Gentiles Each of us are set apart by God for some purpose. He not only wants us to return toHim so that we have that relationship, but also so that we can assume again thepurpose for which we were made. Each tool in the toolbox has a specific function.You dont use a flathead screwdriver to drive a nail. You dont use a 10mm ratchet head to take out a 12mm bolt. Each utensil in the kitchen has a specific function. Godshaped each of us uniquely for a reason.
Ah, Sovereign Lord, I said, I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.
Jeremiah was surprised at the plans God had for him. His dream was not to be aprophet. But God told him that he was made for this specific purpose. We each areassigned unique work to do on Gods behalf. Jeremiah was assigned to be a prophet,Paul an apostle, but God also has specific plans for each of you. As you grow in yourrelationship with Him, Hes going to challenge you and put things in your heart.Dont ignore that! Respond to it!
I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.
Jeremiah responded like many godlymen and women in the Bible. He deeply felt his own inadequacy. It is good, when weare given an important task, to be afraid of not doing our best or of causing harmbecause of our weakness. Thats not an entirely bad feeling if it makes us rely on Godand mistrust our own abilities. But, its no excuse to beg off doing what God hascalled us to do.1 Peter 4:10-11 says, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received toserve others, as faithful stewards of Gods grace in its various forms. If anyonespeaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyoneserves, they should do so with the strength God provides