The Reluctant Servant
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 1, 2; John 10
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 1:4-19
In the Bible, we find numerous stories of reluctant servants. Throughout the Old and New Testaments, we see countless examples of people who are afraid, for one reason or another, to step out in faith for God. Moses did not feel he was good enough to lead his people. (Exodus 3:11) The Israelites did not feel they were strong enough to face the “giants” living in the Promised Land. (Numbers 13:31) Today we find another example in the story of Jeremiah.
During the reign of King Josiah, God spoke to Jeremiah and told him that he was to be a prophet to the nations (Vs. 5), but Jeremiah responded by saying, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.” (Vs. 6) Jeremiah was lacking in self-confidence. He did not feel that he was adequate enough, and his fears and his doubts about himself were threatening to keep him from stepping out in faith for God. Of course, God was not going to let Jeremiah’s fears keep him from fulfilling His plan. He rebuked Jeremiah for thinking he was “only a child” (Vs. 7), and said, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” (Vs. 8) Then, God reached out his hand and touched Jeremiah’s mouth, saying, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth.” (Vs. 9) See, God understood Jeremiah’s fears. He knew that Jeremiah was reluctant not because he did not want to serve, but because he did not think he was good enough to serve. Knowing this, God eased Jeremiah’s fears by promising to be with him and by giving him the power to do what God was asking him to do.
I think we find so many stories in the Bible of reluctant servants because God knows His creation so well. He knows that most of us are going to be fearful when He shows us His plans for us. He knows that most of us are going to feel like we are not good enough, strong enough, or knowledgeable enough to step out in faith and serve Him. That is why in each of these stories, He shows us that the promises He made to the people in the Bible are the same promises He makes to us today. He promises that He will be with us and will rescue us, and then He gives us the power we need to fulfill His vision for our lives. Do not let your doubts about yourself stop you from doing what God is calling you to do. Focus on His promises and His power, and allow Him to guide you as you step out in faith.
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