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I Am Weak But He Is Strong


Jeremiah 1

Life is challenging enough. Then someone tells us we aren’t, can’t or shouldn’t, and we find ourselves believing our limitations are greater than they really are.

Jeremiah received the “word of the LORD” about a great plan for his life (Jeremiah 1:4-6). Think like Jeremiah for a moment: “Who, me? But God, I can’t, I haven’t before, I’m not ready, I’m weak.” This kind of thinking causes us to dodge God’s blessings and His power; rather than focus on God, we focus on ourselves. “But God, look at me” — as though it’s somehow a surprise to God.  

God doesn’t condemn us because we haven’t yet, aren’t yet time-tested, or haven’t yet become an expert. Instead, God’s takes scared, inexperienced newbies and shows up personally and powerfully in their lives, transforming them into mighty athletes on His team, one step at a time.

Jeremiah, called to be a prophet speaking for God, said he did not “know how to speak,” and he was “too young.” God told Jeremiah not to worry because he would have the power of God’s Word. 

Jeremiah was stressed about this, as we would be too. But, we need to go with it, hang on in faith, be honest and trust that God knows what He is doing and how to do it. Jeremiah, from his start as a self-centered whiner, became a key player in God’s movement through history with His people. God can do the same with anyone and everyone. God can do the same with you.


  • What weakness is clouding your ability to see, trust and receive God’s strength?
  • What is one thing that is holding you back that can you trust God with today?

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