Thanks, but No Thanks

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

“Ah Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you.” [Jeremiah 1:6-7]

What is your excuse? Are you too young or too busy? Are you unskilled or overqualified? Are you just scared or believe you are just too old?  Jeremiah thought he was too young. Sarah thought she was too old.   Moses thought he wasn’t eloquent enough. Throughout scripture God calls people whose first response is, “Thanks, but no thanks, God.”Their “No” is usually seasoned with good reasons, too. Imagine being Moses or Sarah or Jeremiah, wouldn’t you have had an excuse or two! Yet, God doesn’t seem to call those ready and willing, those fully equipped for the task at hand. Instead, the least likely candidate is summoned by God to rise to the occasion, with the assurance of God’s provision and presence. “Do not be afraid… [and remember] I am with you.” When we sense God’s call to step out in faith for a task we may not feel qualified for, remember that God goes before us as well as with us. Do not be afraid to step out in faith.

Prayer

Dear God, I admit that fear often takes hold of me when I sense your call to step out in faith. I often have plenty of excuses. Forgive my reluctance and give me the courage to say as Isaiah did, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Amen.

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