“Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
“’Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’
“Then said I:
‘Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’
“But the Lord said to me:
‘Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you,’ says the Lord.
“Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
‘Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.’” Jeremiah 1:4-9
How often do I feel like Jeremiah – inadequate. I remember feeling that I was too young. That doesn’t seem to be such an issue any more. ;-) But the inadequacy continues. I am too unorganized, too undisciplined, too unknown, too busy, too inconsistent, too weak, too exhausted, and even too old.
Wait just a minute! Who is it that has called me? Who has given me the work to do? Is it not the same One who called Jeremiah? Did He not know me even before I was born? Did He not also set me apart for a specific purpose?
If the Lord has called me to do a job, He will give me the tools to do it. He will give me the ability to become more organized, to discipline myself. He will give me the rest and strength that I need, and put the needed words in my mouth.
My part is just to obey. Yes, OBEY. It doesn’t matter whether or not I feel qualified. It doesn’t matter if I am too tired, too lazy, too whiny, too… If I obey, the Lord will faithfully provide me with the qualifications and the adequacy.
So why is it so hard to do my part when I know He is faithful to do His part?