January 28

Jeremiah 1:4-7

“But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am only a boy”; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.’” vs. 7

The story of Jeremiah’s call gives a perfect example of the special connection that some people of faith have to God. According to his own testimony Jeremiah knew from his youth that God wanted to use him to speak for fidelity and justice in Judah. This isn’t a call that he sought…he would have avoided it had he been able. But he had no doubt that God had a mission for him, a work that he had been gifted to undertake, and in the end he had no choice but to accept. This is the way God has continued to work in our world through the ages. When there is injustice of any kind, when people are being abused by deceptive rulers and dominating powers, God sends a person with special authority to speak the truth. Such people are a gift to the world…often times they have had a transforming effect on society and great good has come from their work. It may even be that we will hear such a call in the course of our daily living. We’ll become involved in a situation that cries out for intervention and we feel convicted to act or speak. We shouldn’t be surprised if such times come to us…and what a blessing it is to the world when we obey!

Thought for the Day: How might I react to a divine call to speak?

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