Happy Hump Day!! Can you believe we are already 10 days into May? Literally, May is like loose me and let me go lol.
Yesterday, I taught a powerful message on Jeremiah, so if you missed it then you definitely missed a tttiiimmmeeeee, but don't fret, the replay is still live under The Builder's Challenge tab.
Here's one takeaway that I want to share with you, though. In Jeremiah 1, we see God telling Jeremiah about his destiny and commanding him to obey His instructions. Since Jeremiah will be considered a young prophet, he is guaranteed to come up under opposition.
How do I know this? Let's look at Jeremiah 1:8 (NIV)
“'Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,' declares the Lord.”
God tells Jeremiah not to be afraid of them (those who are elders and those currently in operation) because what God is telling Jeremiah to do will be different.
Fascinatingly, afraid doesn't just mean fear. In fact, afraid in this context means "to revere."
Let's break this down a bit more:
Revere=to show devoted deferential honor; to regard as worthy of great honor
Deferential=expressing respect and high regard due a superior or an elder
So God is telling Jeremiah not to revere or honor people at the expense of his obedience to God. Yes, culture might have protocol but if the protocol stands in opposition to what God is telling Jeremiah to do, then he should go with God and not follow the protocols of men.
Wait, there's more:
Since Jeremiah will likely face. opposition, God tells him that He will rescue him, but rescue doesn't just mean to deliver. Rescue, according to the Concordance, means to "deliver" and "spoil."
So God is telling Jeremiah that if something pops off with the elders, not only will God deliver Jeremiah but He will spoil him for his trouble.
I say this to tell you that God wants to spoil you! Go through the process. You will be rewarded!