Jeremiah 1: 1, 4-10 Reflection:
Today we have that beautiful writing which is the commissioning of Jeremiah to be a prophet to the people of Israel. God spoke directly to Jeremiah and told him that before he formed him in the womb he knew him. We all love that phrase because it shows God’s loving care for us.
Jeremiah of course, did not want to be a prophet and complained that he was too young and that he had a stutter. The Lord was having nothing of it; he told Jeremiah that he was not too young and he put his hand on his lips thereby healing him of his speech impediment.
There is a very important point here: if God wants us to do something he will give us the required ability to do it and he will not take no for an answer. As usual with God, he chose someone who would not be a likely candidate to be a prophet, young and unable to speak clearly.
But when we allow God to do his work and are prepared to do the work that he calls us to do then he shall look after the rest. Jeremiah knew when he was beat: he gave in and obeyed the Lord. If you remember it was the same with poor old Jonah.
I wonder how many things God is calling us to do and we refuse because we don’t want to stand out from the crowd or we just could not be bothered.