Jeremiah 1:4-10 (NRSV)

4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “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.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me,  “Do not say, “I am only a boy’;  for you shall go to all to whom I send you,  and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them,  for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,  “Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,  to pluck up and to pull down,  to destroy and to overthrow,  to build and to plant.”

Jeremiah 1:7 (NRSV)

7 But the Lord said to me,  “Do not say, “I am only a boy’;  for you shall go to all to whom I send you,  and you shall speak whatever I command you.

DEVOTION – Sandra Vaughan (Pennsylvania)

A good friend told me about a time when he was asked to sing at a church service.  As he looked out over the congregation, he started to feel inferior when he saw so many other people who had previously sung in worship.

However, after the service, a wonderful woman complimented him on his singing, saying it was “one of the best testimonies” she had ever heard.  He related to her his feelings of inadequacy as he compared himself to the other vocalists.

She responded the God is not as much concerned with our ability as with our availability.  God is pleased when we are willing to use what we have to serve regardless of how unskilled we think we are.

I am in a wheelchair due to a disability.  This was a good story for me as I struggle with these same feelings and compare myself wit others constantly.  But my disability does not affect my ability to serve God.  God knows our limitations and desires only that we are prepared and willing to go where God leads and to do God’s will.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God is more interested in my availability than my abilities.

PRAYER: Dear Giver of all gifts, help us to use our gifts and talents for you and to be available always to do your will.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE STRUGGLING WITH INSECURITIES

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