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                   Do not be afraid…


By Litty John                      

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."

 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."

Jeremiah 1:4-6


When God called Jeremiah to do His work, Jeremiah starts to list out the things that stand as obstacles in his way – the first one being that he was "only a child".  But our ever patient God gave assurance to Jeremiah –But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. (Jeremiah 1:7-8)


When you feel that you are unable to do anything on your own, that is when the Lord can use you mightily. Like the Lord said the Jeremiah, you need not do homework to know what to speak when you are brought before the people. When you speak under the anointing of the Holy Spirit no one will be able to argue with you..


But like most of us today even Jeremiah felt unable to do the things the Lord asked him to do. Even before the trails began Jeremiah started to lose hope. The Lord then tells him

 "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?  If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?"

Jeremiah 12:5-6


In other words, if you start worrying and being in despair in the beginning itself what will you do when the real terror comes? Beloved, the Lord is in charge everything – the sun, the moon, the stars …everything…

Psalm 148 says


Praise the LORD.

Praise the LORD from the heavens,

Praise him in the heights above.

Praise him, all his angels,

Praise him, all his heavenly hosts.

Praise him, sun and moon,

Praise him, all you shining stars.

Praise him, you highest heavens

And you waters above the skies


Today man doesn't realize the Lord who had created him but the nature recognizes its Creator.  When we acknowledge like creation does, that our God is Almighty King and Lord, then we will not be afraid of what He asks us to do.  Though Jeremiah was reluctant initially, in the end he realizes that all that the Lord asked him to do was for his own benefit and for a better future with Him. And so he writes,


It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.—Lamentations 3:27


Today if the Lord is asking you to do something, trust Him and know that He is doing it for your life with Him in eternity.  In the face of trials and tribulations, do not be afraid! Have no insecurity. He will build you from ground Zero. He will give you authority to build and destroy anything that comes against you.