"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:8
Real doubts about his ability to serve as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah hears the call and knows that God speaks. Afraid and uncertain, he needs reassurance. The Lord declares, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” Words of promise and comfort. Jeremiah takes the assignment and begins to speak God’s Word of judgment and mercy. How he will need those words of assurance as he repeatedly faces kings and priests with a message of repentance! They plot against his life. They arrest and imprison him. They beat him and leave him to die in an open cistern. He wants to die. He complains against God. But he keeps speaking the Word of the Lord. And always there are those words of assurance for him: “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.”
We need those words also. We hear God’s call and know that He speaks to us. We also see the world in which we live – immorality, cheating, scoffing at religion, power plays, social climbing. Real doubts grip our hearts when we try to proclaim the Word of the Lord to our age. But the Lord declares, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” We see the Lord come into a world that rejects Him. We hear the taunts and feel the whip gouge His back. We observe His faithfulness on the cross and hear His loving Word of forgiveness. We experience His forgiveness in our lives and dwell on His continuing Word of comfort. We falter. We speak hesitatingly. We wince at rejection. But we keep speaking His message, for those words of assurance continue, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.”
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for Your words of assurance to Jeremiah and us. Amen.
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