Words from the Heart for Sunday August 18th, 2019
I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:6-8 (NIV)
He is With Us
From the independence of the United States until today, various movements within Canada have campaigned in favour of U.S. annexation of parts or all of Canada. In the early years of the United States, many American political figures were in favour of invading and annexing Canada, and even pre-approved Canada’s admission to the U.S. in the Articles of Confederation in 1777. Not to worry. Canada is still with us.
As a young Christian, I was wisely taught that God has a plan for my life and the very best place for me to be is in the centre of His will. I have learned this to be completely true, and not just because a wise and godly Christian told me. I soon discovered this to be a Biblical principle. It is clearly shown in Jeremiah 1:6-8: “I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young.’ But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord.” Jeremiah wasn’t the first young man to try to dissuade God by saying he just wasn’t able to do what God called him to do. Moses said the same thing. Both would learn an important lesson – God never gives a command without a promise. In this case, God promises Jeremiah that He was with him, and when the going got tough – and for Jeremiah it often would – He would be with the prophet. He calls you to follow him, and He gives you the same promise – so be obedient and watch Him keep His promise.
These have been words from the heart.