Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Welcome to Day 220 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Jeremiah 1:4, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5″Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
9 Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Jeremiah 2:27 “They say to wood, ‘You are my father,’ and to stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’ 28 Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!
John 10:32, “‘I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ 33 ‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.’”
What a great verse in Jeremiah 1! “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you…”
I formed you.
I knew you.
I set you apart.
I appointed you.
I could stop right there… How incredible that God formed, knew, set apart and appointed Jeremiah at such a young age. The same could be said for us, perhaps in varying degrees…
Jeremiah’s response is familiar, “‘Ah, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.’ 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,’ declares the Lord. 9 Then
the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘Now, I have put my words in your mouth.’”
Not unlike Isaiah’s calling in Isaiah 6 when the angel touched a coal to his lips…
When the Lord calls us, he prepares us… Gives us what we need.
Remember Moses’ calling? Exodus 3, “Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” 11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” 13 But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
I love that, “Please send someone else to do it.”
Lord may my confidence always come from knowing you have called me, purified me and that you give me the words to say.