“Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in the front of them. For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. You will stand against the whole land— the kings, officials, priests, and people of Judah. They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
Jeremiah 1:17-19 NLT – Bible
Foolish? OR Fortified!
Jeremiah was a prophet in the Bible during a time of rebellion. God’s chosen people, the Israelites, were divided between two territories: Israel and Judah. Neither nation sought God. In fact, as the story unfolds the people were openly replacing the God of the universe with objects.
How often, I get distracted with the stuff in my day. It may seem “easy” not to worship an inanimate object. But! What about everything else in my day? Where my time, attention, and awe go, there is my worship.
Are you willing?
The enemy is sneaky. He has been around a while and knows what will distract each person from God. No one is immune: without the need for encouragement.
Jeremiah must have felt nervous and intimidated telling people who weren’t looking to God — to turn and change their focus. Initially, God acknowledges the fact by telling him not to fear. Then He lets him know that his audience will see him differently if he doesn’t rise to the call. Finally, God promises to empower him right then to fulfill the assignment.
Not feeling qualified? Feeling tiny like a spider? Did you notice that both photos contain the spider? When you accept the assignment God wants to lay on your shoulders, boldly display it in full vulnerablity right out in the open — people do see something different!
God provides the difference and fills the gap!
Father, we want to be like Jeremiah. Help us to tell others about You. Give us courage to face mockery, and laughter from those who don’t want to hear. Father, thank You for strengthening Jeremiah. Fulfill this same promise for every woman willing to be by You in Your way.
In Jesus name amen