Prayer: When I am tempted to say, "I am only..." remind me I am yours. Amen
Reading: Jeremiah 1: 4-10 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: So often when God tells someone to do something, the response is, "I am only..." Think of Moses, Jonah and even Jeremiah in our text today. When God tells Jeremiah he is appointed to be a prophet to the nations, Jeremiah's response is basically, "Who me? I am only a boy!" But God age and experience did not matter; God's presence did. In Jeremiah 1:8, the LORD says, "Do not be afraid...for I am with you..."
God's presence can make the impossible possible. What we think is improbable in our minds is more than probably going to happen. When we hear God's call and are tempted to respond with a doubtful excuse, "I am only... ", turn it into a faithful statement with, "...in the presence of God." Then do not be afraid. --Ruth Gates
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