God sees who you can be not who you are
From Jeremiah: A 33-Day Devotional
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 reached a milestone, been tested by time, or become an expert. Instead, God takes scared, inexperienced newbies and shows up personally and powerfully in their lives. He transforms ordinary people into extraordinary men and women of faith, one step at a time.
Jeremiah 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 being called to speak for God, and we would be, too. But God knows what He is doing and how to do it. When God calls you to something you can't yet see in yourself, go with it. Believe the God who made you rather than the voices around you.
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?