Somehow, it wasn't the same for Jeremiah. He didn't quickly rejoice at God for knowing him so well nor for sanctifying and ordaining him a prophet to the nations.
Infact, what it did was make our dear prophet stutter and declare his unworthiness, immaturity, lack of eloquence etc. He probably thought either God was joking or He is mistaken.
But, He wasn't.
He was serious and meant every word He said.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.- Jeremiah 1:5, KJV
The phrase camest forth (yatsa') also means to go forward, proceed to (to or toward something), to come or go forth (with a purpose or for result).
That clears one thing. Each of us has a purpose for which God made us. We were designed to fulfll something. God has something He specifically made each person for and we know that it's never because of anything we've done; for even before He formed us in the womb, He knew and approved of us as His chosen instrument unto good works.
Jeremiah may not have understood this and frankly, sometimes we don't. Therefore, we think we must come of age, get a degree, get married, build a thriving career/business, be well-spoken, be established e.t.c, before we can take up our God-given assignments.
Yet what God says is, I sanctified you before you came out of your mama's womb..
It's not through these other things that we are primarily prepared or set apart to do God's will and work; He already made us ready.
He already destined, inaugurated, purified and polished us to do His tasks enough that when He calls, what He expects to hear, what our response should be, is "Lord, here I am, send me."
And not, "Lord, I am incompetent, a child, single, introverted, extroverted, poor, an illiterate, I don't know nobody, etc."
We don't capitalize on our weaknesses; we should rejoice in God's strength.
We don't declare our unworthiness, for God is our Righteousness.
We've heard that He doesn't call the qualified but qualifies the called. If God calls us, we are as ready, as worthy, as honored as He is.
We are nothing on our own but in Jesus, we are Everything God made us to be whether we be church sweepers, school teachers, nurses, pastors, farmers etc. All these don't matter to Him.
What matters to Him is a heart that yields to Him, a heart of flesh. One that says, "Lord, Your will be done."
How many Israelites did Moses, the Stammerer, lead out of Egypt?
How many soldiers were unable to defeat Goliath and his Philistine brothers? Who did? With what?
When Joshua and his friends went to do surveillance and the others saw giants, what were the words of Caleb?
It has never been about us, it will never be of us; it's always been and will always be the Lord's doing.
All He requires is a willing heart, a humble heart.
Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect [when it is] God Who justifies [that is, Who puts us in right relation to Himself? Who shall come forward and accuse or impeach those whom God has chosen? Will God, Who acquits us?]- Romans 8:33, AMP.
Not me. Not you either.
Not our fears. Not our earthly qualifications...and/or disqualifications either.
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