(5) Before i formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and i ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (6) Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold I cannot speak: for I am a child. (7) But the Lord said unto me, Say not I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that i shall send thee, and whatsoever i command thee thou shalt speak. (Jeremiah 1:5-7 KJV)
The bible is filled with accounts of people who felt that they couldn’t fulfill the calling that God placed on their lives. In the above verse we see God telling Jeremiah before you were even formed i knew you. According to Merriam-Webster. The word know means to be acquainted or familiar with. It means to have knowledge of. So God was telling Jeremiah that i had knowledge of you before your existence. Before your existence i ordained you. Which means that God established you (Jeremiah) before hand. Jeremiah before you were even born I set you apart for my purpose. Why is this important to know? Simply because it tells us that our God given purpose was already prepared for us. Even before we were even thought of. I would look at this verse and when God told Jeremiah that I knew thee. I always thought that he was referring to. I know the greatness that i put in you. I know what i purposed you for. I know that you will accomplish my will for your life. However, i see that it also meant that i knew your fears and your trepidations. I knew that you would feel inadequate because of your youth. I knew the times that you wouldn’t always get it right, but yet and still. I called you.
Being called by God is a scary thing. I don’t know about you but for me it’s a relief to know that even those in the bible had there but I moments. Look at how Jeremiah responded to God’s call. (6) Then said I, Ah Lord God! behold I cannot speak: for i am yet a child. Do you know what a but I moment is. It is a moment when you realize that you were called by God, but you try to reason with God or make excuses for why he can’t use you. It could sound like this, but God I have a checkered past. But I fell too many times and that’s after claiming your name. But I don’t have the qualifications. Lord, i would do it, but I don’t have the resources or i don’t have the backing. For Jeremiah his but i was but i am but a child. He was saying that i am too young. No one will take me seriously. I don’t have the experience. I love God’s response in verse 7. But the Lord said unto, Say not i am a child: for thou shalt go to all that i shall send thee, and whatsoever i command thee thou shalt speak. I love this because in essence God is telling Jeremiah don’t belittle yourself. Don’t just think of yourself as just a child. You are more than what you think you are. Not only that you will go where i send you and you will speak what i command (tell) you to speak. That is encouragement in it self. Our But I moments can be paralyzing moments, because it comes from a place of fear. I know when God asked me to start blogging again. I was like but I failed. Not only in blogging but in my test. I had a but i am not worthy, but i don’t have the support. Here is what i learned though. God’s calling is bigger than any but I’s. It is bigger than any fear. It’s futile to try to but i God, because he created you. He knew what he put inside of you. Yes, he knew your fears and yes he knew your limitations. Yet and still. He called you.