This Month's Promise

“He will call upon me, and I will answer him ... ”

- (Psalm 91:15)

Read: Jeremiah1:1-9, 17-19


"They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you ...” (Jeremiah 1:19)

Jeremiah’s father Hilkiah was a priest, and young Jeremiah was also expected to serve as a priest at the altar. But the Lord’s purpose for Jeremiah was different. He wanted to make him a prophet. In those days serving as a prophet was much more demanding than serving as a priest. Further, Jeremiah was born during the reign of King Manasseh, one of the evil kings who ruled Judah. When Manasseh died, his evil son, Amon continued his father’s evil practices. Thus Jeremiah grew up at a time when idolatry flourished in Judah, children were offered as sacrifices to idols and the Law of Moses was disregarded. It looked as though there was no hope for the nation, and it was at that time the Lord called Jeremiah to be a prophet. It is no wonder that young Jeremiah hesitated. But God encouraged Jeremiah with a great promise, “For I am with you and will rescue you.” (Jeremiah 1:8). He repeated this promise again in verse 19, at the end of His call. If we read carefully this passage we will note that there was a condition attached to the encouraging promise of God - The Lord instructed Jeremiah to go wherever He sent him, speak whatever He told him to speak, and to believe His promise without fearing the people. Jeremiah obeyed the Lord and we generally call Jeremiah as the weeping prophet, but he was a courageous man who faced many dangers and trials, remained true to Him boldly. Because he knew that the Lord was with him.

Dear friends, do you feel that you are weak and inadequate to do the work God has assigned for you? Do you hesitate to obey His call? Remember that it is the Lord who has called you and it is He who will equip you. He will be with you to protect you wherever you go. And when you share His Word, He will accomplish His purposes no matter how people respond. He who has called you is faithful. He will never let you down.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, you called Jeremiah to be your prophet when the situations in Judah were very difficult. Yet, you encouraged him with your promise and your presence. Let me also take a bold step for you in obedience to your call. You are a faithful God who will never forsake me. Amen.