“But I protested, ‘Oh no, Lord, GOD! Look, I don’t know how to speak since I am only a youth’ (Jeremiah 1:6).”
Jeremiah felt inadequate as a public speaker.
God has a way to overcome our weakness and our insufficiencies. I have learned over the years, however, that the person most aware of his own inadequacy is usually the person most dependent 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.
Our talent may appear inadequate, but God always equips those He calls. We have the promise of God’s provision.
“Then the LORD reached out His hand, touched my mouth, and told me: I have now filled your mouth with My words (Jeremiah 1:9).”
This touch was not so much to purify as it was to inspire and empower.
God does not bless the silver-tongued orator, but the one whose tongue has been touched with coals from the altar.
God uses not the most gifted and talented person, but the one touched by the hand of God.
God uses the most unlikely persons to shake a church or a community or a nation.
Never underestimate the power of the touch; especially when God does the touching.
“Then the Lord stretched out his hand, touched my lips and said to me, ‘Listen, I am giving you the words you must speak. Today, I give you authority over nations and kingdoms to uproot and to pull down to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant’ (Jeremiah 1:9-10).”