Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 26th, 2016
“Lord,” 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,” … Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said …, “I have put my words in your mouth.
Jeremiah 1:6-9 (NIV)
Putting Words in My Mouth
Jeremiah feels unequal to the task that God has called him to. But God never asks us to do something without supplying the strength to obey. Remember this when faced with difficult circumstances.
There are words that we Canadians use that would seem like we were speaking a foreign language to other English speakers around the world. For example, only Canadians know that a double double is a coffee with two sugars and two creams. I had a friend visiting from India recently and was trying to explain to him about loonies and toonies. I think he got the loonie part – mostly about us calling our one-dollar coin that. And we sit on a chesterfield. I’m sure most Americans wonder why we sit on an old English Lord. When we lived in the USA, a toboggan was knit winter hat. We would call it a toque. They did wonder when we spoke about sliding down the hill on a toboggan. That’s not what a hat is for!
It isn’t easy to share our faith and to talk about the Lord. We wonder how others will take the message that we are sharing, and we don’t want to come across as some religious fanatic. We just want people to know about the joy and peace that Jesus has brought to our lives. We sometimes wish that it was as easy to share our faith here in Canada as it was in the past or it seems to be in other countries. The reality is, I read testimonies all the time from believers around the world, even those who are starting churches, and they all testify to how challenging it is for them to share Jesus with someone else. We need to hear the words of God to the prophet in Jeremiah 1:6-9 because they are appropriate for us today. The prophet speaks and says: “Lord,” 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,” … Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said …, “I have put my words in your mouth.’ When we take a step of faith and begin to speak up for the Lord, He promises that He will put the words in our mouth. Look for opportunities today to share your faith and watch God in action through you.
These have been words from the heart.