When God Calls, He Provides
Today continues the series in the book of Jeremiah. In part one, God straightens out the prophet’s theology (Jer. 1:1-5). In part two, God equips Jeremiah with what he needs to complete the job that God is calling him to do. He touches Jeremiah, and He provides two signs.
When God calls, God provides.
Point 1: One Touch from God
The Lord puts out His hand and touches Jeremiah’s mouth in order to empower the prophet in his calling (v. 9). God provides His word, transforming the prophet from the inside out (Jer. 15:16, 20:9) and equipping him for upcoming struggles. Through God’s words, Jeremiah is to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant (v. 10). In the same way, with one touch we are equipped by the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:7, 1 Cor. 6:11, 2 Cor. 3:18, 1 Cor. 12:4 & 7, Rom. 5:3-5, Jn. 14:26, Rom. 8:26, Acts 1:8). Scripture instructs us to participate actively, enjoying communion with God’s Spirit.
Point 2: Two Signs
Jeremiah is poised to begin a forty + year prophetic career, so God provides Him two signs to direct his path:
- An almond branch (v. 11): The word almond tree in Hebrew sounds similar to the word watchful or wakeful. Blooming first at the conclusion of winter, the almond tree signals that spring is coming. This sign indicates that God watches over His word. When He speaks, He will act upon His words despite any time gap between pronouncement and fulfillment (v. 12).
- A boiling pot (v. 13): As the crux of the prophetic message, judgment will be poured out on Judah for their refusal to repent. God raises up Babylon to pass through Assyria, attacking Judah from the north. God provides this dramatic sign to convince Jeremiah of the impending danger of God’s judgment (v. 16).
Such signs from God help us to see that God is faithful to perform His word and to prompt us to warm the world of His coming judgment.
As we contemplate God watching over His word, we must live each day in the reality that every one of His words will be fulfilled. And during the gap between our present circumstances and His promises He sustains us (Is. 55:10-11). Additionally, we are rightly sobered by His coming day of judgment (Jn. 12:48 and Rev. 20:11-12, 15). We may feel like we are surrounded by uncertainty. Yet we know for certain that God gives his Spirit to those who ask, He has spoken His word, and He will surely do all that He declares.
- Do you hunger for God?
- How much do you seek the Holy Spirit in your life?