Fourth Sunday After Epiphany: The Old Testament Passage – When the word of God comes, answer it!

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” (Jeremiah 1:4-6)

The history of humanity has known many prodigies; people, young men and women who before the age where they could or would be taught seem to know things or know how to do things. I am sure you, beloved reader, know or know of such people; perhaps you were or are one yourself. But it is not just the knowledge of humanity – that is, human knowledge and ability – that is gifted or blessed upon a person in this way. Knowledge of God and the understanding of God’s ways can come to young people, in a fuller measure than one would expect at that young an age.

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” (Verses 7 – 8)

Where there is talent and skill, there also needs to be courage and confidence; it does no one any good for a prodigy to know she/he is a prodigy and never do anything about it. It is up to us too, beloved reader, when seeing gifted-ness in another to speak up, and the person claim it.

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” (Verses 9 – 10)

All of us are important and blessed in God’s plan. We each have a part in it. Some are called at an early age, and others later in life. So never doubt that you have been called – for you have been. And beloved reader, I need to heed my own advice as well. I have doubts about myself and my calling. May each of us listen for the Lord’s calling and answer it with enthusiasm and gratitude. Selah!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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