“Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.”
But the Lord said to me, “Do not say ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you you shall go, and whatever I command you you shall speak.
Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you”, says the Lord. (Jer 1:4-8)
“And I will utter my judgments against them, for all have burned incense to other gods, and worshipped thw works of their own hands. but you, gird up your loins; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.
And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its princes, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you.” (Jer 1:16-19)
Interesting passages to open my Bible to this morning, especially since I’ll be steeped in the preparation for two presentations to give on Friday, hehehe. Thanks be to God I don’t expect my audience to be as hostile as the prophet Jeremiah’s! At least I hope not.
These passages make me think of another situation, though, one that has had much more profound effect on me. A while back, I left a project in which I witnessed compound injustices and falsifications. For a while, I tried my best to look past them, hoping God would intervene without my taking any action. After much prayer and thought, it became evident that our Lord was actually waiting on me to take the first step. So I spoke up. And then I suffered for it. Big time.
Now that same project is closing down, a result of those same injustices and falsifications. And rather than just myself seeing the wrong dealings, many others see what I already knew. And rather than just me suffering, many are suffering.
But I’m here now, safe and sound, because I clung to the hope that eventually the truth would come out and it did. By God’s grace, I would not allow myself be dismayed by them, lest God dismay me. They fought against me, but they did not prevail against me. God was with me to deliver me.