Chosen and Called

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You are not always called to success, but you are always called to faithfulness. What are your objections to full obedience?

Pray: 

Father, I want to understand Your heart and reflect You to the world. Help me hear You through Your Word.

Read: 

Jeremiah 1:1-19

Reflect: 

What objections does Jeremiah raise when God calls him?

Jeremiah's call echoes that of other biblical characters, yet displays its own unique features. We are reminded of the excuses made by Moses (Exod. 4:10) who, like Jeremiah, claimed to be an inexperienced speaker. But Jeremiah also claims his youth is against him--though Paul tells us to let no one look down on us because of our age (1 Tim. 4:12). In dealing with Jeremiah's objections, God makes use of visual imagery and word play (11-14).

Strangely--even depressingly--at the very moment he receives his divine call, Jeremiah is told that both he and his message will be rejected (19). God's Word, however, will still prevail. In his missionary task Jeremiah is not promised immunity; neither are we. But both he and we are promised God's presence and power (18,19; see also Rev. 17:14). Jeremiah is to dress for action (17; see also Luke 12:35; 1 Pet. 1:13).

We are not always called to success, but we are always called to faithfulness. Sometimes, and especially when the church is under fire or in "exile," God's victory is seen simply in being able to stand our ground (see 1 Cor. 10:13; Eph. 6:13) and remain faithful.

Apply: 

Consider your objections to full obedience. Bring these to God and ask him to help you to say yes in all things.

Pray: 

You are good, Lord. I trust You and purpose to obey whenever You call.

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