the willingness of youth
As a young person, I would love to climb mountains. On holiday I would always try to get to the top of any hill or mountain I would be near. Growing up in Lowestoft kind of limited the amount of climbing one could do, but when on holiday, I loved it, especially if you could get above the snow line. These days I feel more bound to sea level!
Young people so often feature in the scriptures. Jeremiah is a case in point.
In Jeremiah ch1 v4-9 God speaks to him. ‘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.’ ‘Alas, Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young. ’But the Lord said to me, ‘Do not say, “I am too young.” 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. Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, ‘I have put my words in your mouth.’
Jeremiah isn’t disqualified because of his youth. God encourages him and sends him as he does us all. He promises:
His words to say
Before I really knew Jesus, I aimed for the heights. Now that I do know Jesus, I want to aim for the greater heights that come from serving Him in this world - and starting young will give you a real head start!
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