The story of Jeremiah’s call is the call story many of us receive as well. Like Jeremiah, God knew each of us before He formed us in the womb. Like Jeremiah, God has a plan and a role for each of us to play in building His kingdom. Like Jeremiah, God gives us the gifts, talents, and skills needed for the task. And like Jeremiah, for most of us, our first response is, “Who, me?”
Who could blame God if He got angry when we respond this way? It is kind of insulting that we question the omnipotent and omnipresent Creator of the universe and all that is in it. But God is patient. The only things that exceed His patience, in my opinion, are His grace and His love. But He is patient. When we ignore or deny the call or when we refuse to recognize or acknowledge the gifts and talents He had blessed us with, God just continues to nudge and prod and whisper and to bring before us people and opportunities until we choose to begin walking the path He has laid out for our lives.
We are not the first to question, deny, or run from our call. Before Jeremiah there were people like Noah, Sarah and Abraham, and Moses – just to name a few. There have been people like Esther, David, and a slew of others just like us who have taken their turn asking, “Who, me?”. Just as He was with all who have come before and required more than one ask, God was patient and used each one according to His plan.
If you are hesitant to answer God’s call, remember the promises He gave Jeremiah. They are our promises too. The first is: do not be afraid. The second is: I am with you. The third is: I will rescue you. His promises are true. As we live into God’s call upon our lives and as we boldly step out in faith, may we remember and hold onto these promises. They are our promises too. As we do so, He will bless us on our faith journey.
Scripture reference: Jeremiah 1: 4-10