The Right Questions

Re: Verse reading– Jeremiah 1 (day five)

It’s an interesting conversation. God declares His intent to use Jeremiah in the role of prophet. God prefaces His “call” with a personal and intimate description of His knowledge, wisdom, and care in creating Jeremiah.

Jeremiah begins to process God’s announcement. It’s as if he began asking the wrong questions. Questions like, “Am I capable? Am I qualified?” (Notice the focus “I”) Jeremiah’s answer- “No, I am not, because I am too young and I do not know how to speak.”

God challenges the focus by stating, “Don’t say ‘I am too young’ ”. He then begins to give the answers to the questions that Jeremiah should have been asking/thinking. “You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (What are my instructions?) “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” (Will you be with me?)

As God speaks to us, the right questions are “What are my instructions?” and “Will you be with me?”

Author: Scott Lane

Scott Lane is the Executive Pastor of Ministry at FBCSA.

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