Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 22, 2017

“everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 1:1-10.

“The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

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 have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Alas, Lord God!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
Because I am a youth.”
But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.
“Do not be afraid of them,
For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.

Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.
10 “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and to break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.”   Jeremiah 1:1-10.

—————————–

Like Jeremiah, we may feel like we do not have the ability nor the favor of our audience to boldly preach or teach.

“Then I said, “Alas, Lord God!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
Because I am a youth.”  Verse 6.

But, we notice the reply of the LORD to Jeremiah.

But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.
“Do not be afraid of them,
For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord.”  Verses 7-8.

So, we go out and boldly preach and teach.  And, God encourages us through Scripture that He brings to our attention, and we feel that God is working in us and is pleased with our preaching and teaching. 

But, we still don’t draw many to our church or our class, and we may wonder why are we not getting better results.

And then, God encourages us again through Scripture as He did with Ezekiel in the following Scripture.

“Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!”  As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet;  and I heard Him speaking to me.  Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me;  they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.  I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’  As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.  And you, son of man, neither fear them nor fear their words, though thistles and thorns are with you and you sit on scorpions;  neither fear their words nor be dismayed at their presence, for they are a rebellious house.  But you shall speak My words to them whether they listen or not, for they are rebellious.”  Ezekiel 2:1-7.

And, we are reminded of “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  And, then we understand that the question is not why aren’t more people listening to us;  the question is why anybody is listening to us, because man in his natural condition is dead in sin, unable to understand, hostile to God, and enslaved to sin and Satan.

But, there is hope!

God is sovereign and able to make the dead alive and able to irresistibly draw His elect to Christ as taught by “TULIP”. 

And so, we persevere, because God is at work within us. 

And God both saves some through His lovingkindness and condemns others through His justice for their failure to listen and their rebellion.  

“See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and to break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.”  Verse 10.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: