A List of Excuses

Posted on: 7-15-112012

“Before you were in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart. I ordained you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

These are the words spoken to Jeremiah by the Lord.  Jeremiah was very uncertain about the call he had received from God to go and speak to the nations.  What you may not realize is that Jeremiah was a very shy man.  He did not look at himself and see a great speaker.  He certainly did not see himself as someone who would go out and speak the word of God to masses of people…especially people that did not have any regard for God or His ways whatsoever.  Jeremiah would have been content to keep doing what he was doing…he would have been happy for God to have left him alone. I can just hear Jeremiah muttering under his breath, “Lord,I don’t know why you gave me this assignment.  I didn’t ask you for an assignment.  I’m not even qualified to do this. I don’t know what You’re thinking.  This is going to be a disaster.”  Jeremiah may have felt very overwhelmed and underqualified for the task at hand, but what he didn’t know was that God had planned this since before he was even in the womb.  Everything in Jeremiah’s life was divinely orchestrated to lead him to this moment.  God did not just wake up one morning and decide that Jeremiah was going to be a prophet…He knew it before time even began.  He knew all of Jeremiah’s weaknesses and inabilities…He knew his limitations and his qualifications.  And He knew that Jeremiah was the one He wanted! The same is true for you and me!  Before we were in the womb, God knew us!  He set us apart for very specific works before we were even born.  Everything He has allowed to happen in our lives has been divinely orchestrated by Him to prepare us for the work He wants us to do.  We, like Jeremiah, may have a list of reasons why we can’t possibly do what God is calling us to do, but we must remember that in God’s hands, our weaknesses become strengths…our can’ts become cans…our inabilities become abilities! We have to learn that it is God’s responsibility to enable us to do the work He calls us to do…our only responsibility is to say “Yes” to His call.  So, what is God calling you to do today?  What have you been putting off because you don’t feel prepared to do it? What have you been giving God a list of excuses about? It’s time to realize that you are prepared, you are capable, and you can accomplish what He calls you to do! Say “Yes” to God and let Him worry about the rest!


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