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Authority Over Nations

Child paintingJeremiah hears the Lord telling him to follow. "First," God said, "no excuses!" Jeremiah answered in Jeremiah 1.6, "Sovereign Lord, I don't know how to speak, I am too young." Being a youth who doesn't know what to say was and is no reason for not acting on the Lord's command. God's order to Jeremiah was to "Go!" The Lord said in Jeremiah 1.7, "Do not say that you are too young, but go to the people I send you to, and tell them everything I command you to say."

An Obedient Heart

In Hebrew, the phrase "an obedient heart" meant the same as "a hearing heart." If one hears the call of God, it means obedience, and if one obeys, one hears. But God doesn't send us out alone, for he provides us with the resources we need for the task. God delivers us from our own fear. Jeremiah was told in Jeremiah 1.8, "Do not be afraid of them, for I will be with you to protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!" Then, God gave Jeremiah the right words to say in Jeremiah 1.9, "Then, the Lord reached out, touched my lips, and said to me, 'Listen, I am giving you the words you must speak.'" Isaiah had a similar experience when coals of fire touched his lips. Finally, God gave Jeremiah authority to speak in the Lord's name in Jeremiah 1.10, "Today, I give you authority over nations and kingdoms to uproot and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant." With such promises as these, all that Jeremiah needed to do was trust God completely. This is true for us too!✞

"Jeremiah Hears"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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