Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today I so love hearing from you. Thanks! This morning we are going to take a look at “Hesitation”. You may wonder how does this apply to me? Well for one (me) the Lord is speaking to me about this lately and I think it will speak to you as well. Let’s get started:
I used to be so inferior and fearful and afraid of man and of God. Hesitate is a word that we are all familiar with and struggle with from time to time. In the Christian world, we can find all sorts of excuses not to obey God's voice: "It's the preacher's job." "It's not my gift." "I've already served, let someone else do it." "I'm too busy or too tired or too old or too young." We are all guilty of making excuses or holding back when we know we shouldn’t. What we don’t always think about it that in our “hesitation” we are disobeying God.
It has been said, Quote.. "Excuses are tools of the incompetent, and those who specialize in them seldom go far." Ben Franklin wrote, "He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Gabriel Maurier stated, "He who excuses himself, accuses himself."
Jeremiah was called to be "a prophet to the nations" (Jer. 1:5), not a priest like his father and his grandfather. A prophet was a chosen and authorized spokesman for God who declared God's Word to the people. We may not all be called to be a prophet, but we are called non-the-less. This was a demanding task for Jeremiah, he did not know from day to day what the Lord may call him to say or do.
God may assign us a demanding task, but his call keeps us going when we don't want to go and are ready to quit. We have the promise of God's purpose. "I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born'" (Jer. 1:5). God knew Jeremiah, chose Jeremiah, and appointed Jeremiah. He was known by name, hand-picked by God, and commissioned to serve. Those acts give one a great sense of purpose.
The promise of God's purpose allows us to let go of our own plans and to receive God's plan without fear. Like Jeremiah and Jesus, we need to accept that our future is not our own. We are God's. He has a distinct plan and purpose for our lives.
God has a way to overcome weakness and insufficiencies, doesn't he? I have learned over the years and am still learning that the more aware I am of my own inadequacy the more dependent I am becoming on God's all-sufficiency. My inadequacy has caused me to rely upon God. His strength is made perfect in my weakness. His glory is manifested through my flaws.
In closing…Let us not hold back or question who we are in Jesus and embrace the call He has given to each one of us. I don’t want to “hesitate” but fully trust in Him with my life and I hope you do to. Whatever you are facing today know that you are not alone and never stop, give up or shrink back. Remember, we have His promise!
Blessings Everyone, Dee
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