1 Timothy 5:1-22; Jeremiah 1-2; Psalm 119:145-176
The Bible speaks often of the wisdom of those who have grown older. At the same time, though, the Bible reminds us that relationship with and calling from God is more important than any other attribute in proclaiming His love, His grace, and His judgment. We see, in fact, that the call of Jeremiah began far earlier than we would otherwise imagine. “'”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’ Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.’ But the Lord said to me: ‘Do not say, “I am a youth,” For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.’” (Jeremiah 1:5-7) There is such a beautiful picture of the meaning of life here. God knows us before conception. God forms us in the womb. He even calls us to work for Him before we are born. Jeremiah’s call was as a prophet to the nations. Not everyone has that call. When we think of what Jeremiah went through, we should be grateful for that! Jeremiah hesitated to respond to God because of his age. And just like Paul had to remind Timothy, God had to remind Jeremiah that faithfulness and obedience to God was more important than his age. Today, the same holds true. We should not put arbitrary age limits on those whom we should listen to. “She’s too young.” “He’s too old.” Instead, we need to seek God’s truth and be willing to listen even to those who would seem to be of the wrong generation. We must be willing to listen to God no matter how He decides to speak to us.
Lord, help me open my eyes and ears to Your message. Speak to me however You wish. Help me to be open to Your word however it’s delivered. Remind me Lord that I need to be faithful and obedient to You.