The word of the Lord came to me, saying,“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:4-8

Take a moment and break down this passage in your mind. God’s word came to Jeremiah. The text does not say how it came to him, but a conversation ensued. The first words spoken reveal something that would strike the heart of any man: I’ve known you before anyone else laid eyes on you, and you have a purpose. These are great words I’d love to hear God speak to me, or would I? When God speaks, it is challenging. Jeremiah’s response is very telling of his immediate objections. His answer is focused on himself, not God.

God knew who He was choosing and what He was appointing Jeremiah to do. This young man overlooked that fact, landing on what he could not do instead of the God who knew all limits, even his. When men become focused on themselves, it becomes a massive distraction from focusing on the God who is not bound by inadequacy. See what God has called you to as a man in your context and focus on the God who wants you spiritually engaged in the game.

DO THIS TODAY: Take spiritual action in your life and trust God with the rest.

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