This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[Jer 1:6 NIV] 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.
Joan of Arc turned a war around at 17! Alexander the great was winning battles at 16! Bobbie Fisher was a Chess Grand Master at 15! Nadia Comaneci is still the youngest person to receive a perfect ten at age 14! Mozart wrote his first symphony at 8!
We should not underestimate God’s ability to use young people to impact the world! Commentators put Jeremiah’s call when he was about 17 years old. Set in the time of King Josiah who became King at 8 years old and led one of the great reforms of Jerusalem around 20 years old!
During this dark and difficult time God was calling an unlikely hero to the courageous and challenging task of warning the nation about its impending judgment. God told Jeremiah that his calling began in the womb! [Jer 1:5] “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.”
As we survey the dark and difficult times we are in and prepare for the coming King let us remember how God throughout history called out young men and women to be his voice and instrument to help fulfill His plans. Josiah, Jeremiah, and later Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah and Esther! Who is God raising up in our day to sound the alarm, to call people to prepare for the coming judgment? Let us be the kind of parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, siblings, and mentors that are affirming, inspiring, and educating these next heroes. Let us also be the advocates of the future hero’s being formed in the womb! You and I have a role to play, as Nelson Mandela said, “children of today are the leaders of tomorrow…”