Good morning and welcome. This is pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and we continue with our divine experience day 15 and this morning I just want to poke a little bit on some of the emotions and thoughts that we have that sometimes are unspeakable. So sometimes life could be going on well for you at least in the eyes of everyone else except your own. You have a loving spouse, healthy kids, a good job, a nice house. But despite all this deep inside, you can shake the feeling that this is still not good enough. You feel that you should be making more money like you should be having a bigger house. You feel like you don't measure up in things that everybody else thinks you're great at.
You see our experiences and emotions sometimes create those feelings of inadequacy in us. You go through some things in life that make you think that something has got to be wrong with you and that's why bad things keep happening. You start believing that something is wrong with you and not your environment. You get anxious about making a sudden decision because you don't believe you can sustain it because you think people will not accept something as long as it's coming from you because you think you're not good enough. No, I'm just talking about those thoughts that challenge you and your self esteem. So today we're going to read about one of the greatest prophet in the bible.
Uh, he's a man who had feelings of personal inadequacy. A fellow who felt like he was not good enough because he was too young for the work God was giving him. Okay Jeremiah, one was one and two says that the words of Jeremiah, the son of hill care of the priests who were in a none of in the land of Benjamin, to whom The word of the Lord came in. The days of josiah, the son of Amon, King of Judah in the darting ear of his ring. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying before I formed you in the room, I knew you before you were born. I sent Ified I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Then said I ah ha! 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 whom I send you and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces. For I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord. Then the Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth And the Lord said to me behold, I have put my words in your mouth. See I have this day, set you over the nations and over the kingdoms to root out and to pull down to destroy and to grow down to build and to plant, moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a branch of an almond tree. Then the Lord said to me, you have seen well, so I am ready to perform by red powerful. This is a text of spoken from countless time is one of those special texts in my life. one thing I want you to notice when you read the book of Jeremiah is that Jeremiah's ministry was marked by a great display of courage and faithfulness in the face of opposition, modest results and discouragement.
In fact, he is named as the weeping prophet because he faced a lot of opposition. And the two buses we began with says the words written here are the words of Jeremiah, to whom the word of the Lord came. And you see these words written in this book were divinely inspired words of the Lord presented through the personality of Jeremiah through the personality of a man in his natural self. And I feel that this introduction was included in this text to provide the context to the words that follow that God did not arrest Jeremiah's personality when he was using him. Used jeremy Meyers, sanctified personality, his gentle and tender character for the ministry. And the Lord connected Jeremiah's ministry and that of another person.
King josiah and together they campaigned for the purification of Israel from idolatry. And the Lord tells Jeremiah before I formed you in the room, I knew you before you were born, I sanctified, I obtained your profit to the nation and you see the Lord understands Jeremiah's character and that is what he sent. If he, he sanctified him. For Jeremiah had been brought up in a priest re home. We have just read that he was, he was a son of a priest and he was already a young man. And he definitely knew God. You're not brought up in a priest treat household and you don't know God. But God needed to give Jeremiah a personal encounter with him. The Lord wanted Jeremiah to know that his call went farther than his family of priesthood.
That his call went further and even back to before his conception, that his call went further than his youth. When we see Jeremiah saying here, Lord, behold, I can't speak. I am my youth. Yes, he was young. He was inexperienced. He didn't think he would be authoritative enough. He felt inadequate. But the Lord tells him, do not say, I am a youth for you shall go to all whom I send you and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver it. Here is the lost speaking. Words of encouragement. He spoke with persuasion. He spoke to the reluctance and the feelings of the personal inadequacy in his heart. And he told him you shall go Jeremiah. I know you have every reason to be afraid. Here was a young man and the Lord is tasking him with preaching repentance to a defiant nation and it must have felt like a hopeless task.
He knew he could be persecuted. He knew he could suffer for it. But the Lord promised he would go with him. And the bible says the Lord touched Jeremiah's mouth. You know this is a level of intimacy we see and we have been seen in this series of divine encounter. Whenever the Lord is sending people out on a difficult task, he touches them in a person away. He did this with desire. He did it with john and the bible says that the Lord came to him and asked him Jeremiah, what do you see? And he says, I see a branch of an almond tree and the law says, you have seen well for I am ready to perform my right. You see this is quite an interactive session and I'm sure that you are a master that Jeremiah is having with the Lord, he had reassured him of his support, He had reminded him of his calling and the mission that he had been set to carry out.
And Jeremiah was ready for his first lesson as a prophet. But before he could be sent out, he had to have his eyes open. He had to see and understand the task before him. The Lord had to make an impression upon him before he could go to make an impression upon others. He had to see the truth and speak at first And when this happened, the law says, I am ready to perform a ride. And this is my prayer and declaration for you and me today. May you receive this kind of divine visitation in your life, the kind of experience that will drown out the noise around you, the kind of experience that will drown out those feelings of inadequacy. May you remember today that he who formed you knows that you are equipped as you are for his purpose, that he consecrated you, that is separated you from the world for his purpose.
May you remember today that even as you step into grounds, you have feared stepping into before you do not go on your own strength. But God's May you may you hear that voice of compassion and assurance, Speak to your senses of weakness and insufficiency may give you the courage and the strength to withstand every opposition May. This assurance that comes from the Lord make a lasting impression in your life. And it is my prayer that the Lord will go with you. May he be your peeler, May he be your strength in jesus name. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and this is divine experience. Day 15 shalom. Yes,