Introduction: Jeremiah 1:1 tells us that the prophet was born in the 600s BC. This was a very bad time for the people of Judah. They continued to worship idols and disobey other commands from God. God had warned them over and over again through the prophets that their enemies would conquer them unless they turned back to God. This is called “repentance.” God chose Jeremiah as one of the last prophets to warn Judah about their ways, and God always had very special plans for Jeremiah’s life.
Read Jeremiah 1:4-5
Devotional: The first thing God tells Jeremiah is that He had always been paying attention to Jeremiah. Even before Jeremiah was born, God knew who Jeremiah was! This is not just true for Jeremiah. This is true for all of us! Every life is special in God’s eyes, and God pays close attention to each person. The Bible tells us just how special we are in God’s eyes in that He created both man and woman “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). Besides being known by God before he was born, Jeremiah also learned that God’s will for Jeremiah’s life was for him to be a prophet.
Read Jeremiah 1:6-8
When Jeremiah learned that God wanted him to be a prophet, he became afraid and made excuses. He first excuse was “I’m too young.” To this, God told Jeremiah that he was not too young to be sent by God. Not matter how young or old we are, we all can tell others about the Lord. But Jeremiah then wondered, “What if I don’t know what to say to people?” God replied by telling Jeremiah that He would give the prophet the right words to speak. When we speak to others about God, we have the Bible to show us the message to share with others. Because Jeremiah lived in times when many people disobeyed God, he was also probably scared of how others might treat him. Finally, God says, “I am with you.” No matter how afraid Jeremiah might have been and no matter how others may have treated him, the prophet could go forward every day knowing that God was with him. After all, if God knew Jeremiah since before he was born, then God could surely stay with him all the days of his life. The same is true for each of us.
DISCUSSION: When do you most need to know that God is always with you?
Prayer: Thank God for always watching over you and being with you. Ask for God’s help to know how to speak to others about Him and His will for our lives.