Jeremiah 1:4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, “I am only a boy’; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
God has called Jeremiah for a particular task. Perhaps God will also call me for a particular task. When God does call, God will also equip and bless. God will enable me to speak the right word at the right time, if I will remain humble. It could not have been easy for Jeremiah to remain humble after getting this call. He begins with low self-esteem and low self-confidence. God counters that with encouragement and the promise of Divine provision. How often do leaders leave behind a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence, only to replace them with arrogance and pride? Now I enter into this new stage of my call with a clear desire to support New Church Ministries and a sense of relief at having finally arrived at an understanding of Coaching that seems to put so many things into place for me. The challenge I face is remaining humble, not getting ahead of God or God’s will, but waiting on the words that God gives me to speak, and remaining silent until I receive them. Excitement and enthusiasm may lead me to move too quickly. I need to remember also: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Ps 27:14).