Jeremiah 1:7-9New International Version (NIV)
7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ 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.
One night I began to pray to God about my fear of what he was calling me to do. I complained about what people would say if I started working towards what he showed me. I worried that I wasn’t smart enough, skilled enough, brave enough.
He answered me back with the passage above. Jeremiah was in a similar predicament when the Lord said those words to him. I smiled to myself then asked God for forgiveness.
Why ask for forgiveness?
I doubted how great of a God I serve! There is a line that a lot of preachers say: Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is! It is so true, we often forget how big our God is. If he called you to do something, it should be obvious that he will provide everything you need to accomplish it.
Why do we doubt?
My doubt was coming from what I saw. The world would classify me as an introvert, I am no theologian, yet here I am writing about bible verses and working towards being a public speaker. That is what I think many people struggle with; being able to see from point A to point B. We worry about the process in between, and based on a worldly view, what it will take to bet to point B. The thing we forget is that we don’t serve a worldly God so obviously he’s not going to operate as the world does.
We might not fit the description currently but God has a way of molding us into what we need to be. He has a way of imparting knowledge on us that we shouldn’t have. He has a way for us to get the wisdom that we need, when we need it. He has a way to lift the veil off of your eyes and change your perspective to launch you into positions you shouldn’t be qualified for.
What is it that God is calling you to do that you are doubting is possible? Whose perspective are you depending on as to whether it is possible, the world or God?