Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God sent Jeremiah to share His word with the nations. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to learn and obey God’s will for our lives.
Read Jeremiah 1:4-5
I. God’s Plan. In our Sunday School material the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. The Lord told Jeremiah that the Lord knew Jeremiah before Jeremiah was formed in the womb. The Lord set Jeremiah apart and appointed him as a prophet to the nations.
- The word of the Lord. Notice in vs. 4 that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah. In like manner, we have a word from the Lord. The Bible is the best thing that we have to know God and His will for our lives. It is authoritative truth.
Let’s live like we appreciate the word that the Lord has sent us. This kind of living should be known for prayerfully studying and obeying the Bible with the support of other disciples.
- Life in the womb. Notice in vss. 4-5 that God knew Jeremiah before he was born. In like manner, God knows each human before he/she is born. Our lives start before we come out of the womb. Thus, abortion, especially, in the last few months is murder.
Let’s live like we believe that life begins before exiting the womb. This kind of living should make us avoid murdering unborn babies. Giving a child up for adoption is better than murdering a baby born out of an unplanned pregnancy.
Aborting a child to save the mother’s life or to prevent a child from living with a poor quality of life (i.e., because of a disease) puts us in the area of “the least of the evils.” But even here, we should be very prayerful and appreciative of God’s grace.
Read Jeremiah 1:6-7
II. God’s Corrective. Jeremiah talked about not knowing how to speak and being too young in our Sunday School material. The Lord told him not to say that he was too young. Jeremiah must go to everyone the Lord sends him to.
- God’s empowerment. Notice in vss. 6-7 that Jeremiah talked about his inability to do what God wanted him to do. On one hand, without the Lord, we cannot do God’s will. But on the other hand, when God is with us, we can do all that God is calling us to do.
Let’s live like we trust God’s empowering us to do His will. This kind of living is known for doing our best and trusting God with the rest. This idea applies to not only church but also family and community. It applies to our personal stewardship (i.e., mindset, health, and finances).
- Obeying God’s call. Notice in vs. 7 that the Lord called Jeremiah to share a word from the Lord. In like manner, God is calling every believer to carry out his/her assignment. We all have general assignments like loving God with all that we have and loving others, as we love ourselves.
But we also have specific assignments that utilize our gifts and personalities (i.e., GPS challenge). Let’s work on learning and doing what God is calling us to do
Read Jeremiah 1:8-10
III. God’s Provision. The Lord tells Jeremiah to not be afraid. In our Sunday School material the Lord is with Jeremiah and will rescue him. The Lord touched Jeremiah’s mouth and put words in this mouth. Jeremiah was appointed to tear down and build up.
- Faith over fear. Notice in vs. 8 that Jeremiah is to overcome his fear by focusing on God’s promise of being present and rescuing him. In like manner, we are called to do God’s will, despite emotional challenges that come our way. Our emotions are often a vibration of our thoughts.
When we think negatively, we feel negatively. When we think positively, we feel positively. The text calls for thinking about God’s promises of being present and rescuing. In like manner, we should focus on God’s promises of being with us and working things out for our good (see Mt. 28:20; Rom. 8:28).
Let’s work on obeying God’s will, with our minds focused on His promises, instead of being distracted by our feelings of fear.
- Tearing down and building up. Notice in vs. 10 that Jeremiah had a ministry of both tearing down and building up. In like manner, there are things that God calls us to be a part of tearing down.
For example, God wants us to tear down the growing comfort that many have with sex outside of heterosexual marriage, poor people getting poorer, and so many men spending their entire adult lives in prison.
And God wants us to do some building. For example, God is calling us to be a part of the village that raises a generation who knows and obeys the Lord. Let’s work on knowing and doing what God is calling us to do, in the areas of tearing down and building up.
Conclusion: Let’s work on learning and obeying God’s will
for our lives. God has much for those who obey His will.