Big idea: (1) God does not choose us because we are good. But because God chooses us He makes us good.
(2) Those servants God appoints for difficult tasks do not cop out or bail out no matter the difficulty or opposition, for God empowers them with his presence.
“The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew (chose) you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations'” (Jer 1:4-5).
A Fire in My Bones. "But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot" (Jer 20:9).
- The word of God plays a critical role in Jeremiah's call. The word of God would proclaim both destruction and restoration.
- God choose Jeremiah to be his prophet even before he was born.
- God reassures Jeremiah by promising the power of his presence, which will deliver him from those who will oppose him and his message.