14 Days of Devotion - Day 8: Oh Yes You Can!

May 10th at sundown
Today is day 44 of counting the Omer
Today is day 44 out of Egypt
Today is day 44 of Messiah resurrected
Oh Yes You Can!
Jeremiah 1:1-10
The Call of Jeremiah
1 The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the kohanim who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
2 The word of Adonai came to him during the days of King Josiah of Judah, son of Amon, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 It continued during the days of King Jehoiakim of Judah, son of Josiah, until the end of the eleventh year of King Zedekiah of Judah, son of Josiah—until the exile from Jerusalem in the fifth month.
4 The word of Adonai came to me, saying:
5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I set you apart— I appointed you prophet to the nations.”
6 Then I said, “Alas, Adonai Elohim! Look, I don’t know how to speak! For I’m still a boy!”
7 But Adonai answered me, “Do not say ‘I’m only a boy!’ For to everyone I send you, you will go, and all I command you, you will speak.
8 Do not be afraid of them! For I am with you to deliver you.” It is a declaration of Adonai.
9 Then Adonai stretched out His hand and touched my mouth and Adonai said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 See, today I have appointed you over nations and over kingdoms: to uproot and to tear down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
We can learn a lot from this passage about God’s commissioning of Jeremiah’s ministry. Here we see a young man filled with doubt about his abilities. It’s important to note that God didn’t answer Jeremiah’s doubt with good advice. Instead, He answers Jeremiah’s “but I cant’s” with a series of “don’ts”: don’t say you can’t do it, don't say you're too young, and most importantly don’t fear. He reminds Jeremiah at the end of his commissioning that He made Jeremiah, and that overshadowed any of his limitations or circumstances.  

The same is true for us today—instead of looking at ourselves and what we lack, we can take hold of who God created us to be. We can become people created by Him to tell others of His love and the salvation that we can have when we invite Yeshua into our hearts. This is at the core of being Yeshua’s disciple, and our calling here at Restoration.  

Heavenly Father, empower me with Your Holy Spirit so that we can move forward with courage, conviction, and tenacity. I give all my fears to You and I want to trust that You have good plans for me. Amen.