A Word From The Lord Can Bring Purpose, Ability And Change

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5

In Jeremiah, we see a young man beginning to understand he was created, born and exists for a purpose. However, insecurity seeps in as he realizes successful fulfillment of his purpose will require him to do something different. He will need to stand out against cultural and societal norms. He doesn’t know if he can do it. Uncomfortable, self-conscious, and afraid, he questions if others will accept him, what they will think of him, or how they will treat him. Jeremiah was called to be a prophet. His concerns were not unfounded, it was no secret that God’s prophets had experienced isolation, persecution and death.  Yet Jeremiah accepted his purpose. Why? God promised to be with him in challenging situations. As you continue to read the chapter you will see that a word from the Lord can bring purpose, ability and change.

The Prophet Jeremiah’s resistance to do something differently than others and speak out against wrongdoing, SIN, is not unique to him nor prophets in general. Today, many young people presented with similar concerns, find themselves in a dilemma over rather to follow their purpose or to change, do something different or even speak out against wrong doing. How will they reach the point to trust God’s plan as Jeremiah did? Jeremiah trusted and took God for His word.

It is important for each person to read scripture. Reading is a prelude for God’s word, presence and promises to become relevant and contextual to everyday life and experience.  In church, as a community of worshippers we read and hear the word. Similarly, the family/household as a unit is called to worship the Lord our God in spirit and truth. Which means twenty-four hours, seven days a week, God is relevant in everyday life.

The approach of summer vacation inherently leads to increased concern over cultural situations, social influences, emotional impetuses and spiritual state facing our young people.  Even though problems arise, the bible assures that in Jesus Christ we can overcome trouble, fear and obstacles. Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1Peter 5;7  Trust and take God for His word like Jeremiah.

The family must accept its primary responsibility for making God’s word both oral and literal. As parents/family your real life contextual application of word and spirit of God working in the forethoughts of your attitudes, words, tone decisions, self-control, choice of associates and active in every situation makes the word relevant. Others can learn how to live life with confidence and courage that wisdom guidance and direction are found in God’s word, courage and joy in the Lord’s presence, safety and deliverance is in His power.

A word from the Lord can bring purpose, ability and change. God has called you and given you the ability to shape your children/teen’s understanding, anticipation of God’s plans and intervention in their lives. Our loving kind God will make known the path of life and will not forsake the works of His hands.

Will you seize the opportunity to demonstrate trust that “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me”? Psalm 138.8a

Yours in Christ

Rev. Vonzenia Crigler

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