Connections 01.30.2022: God Is Still Calling Us

Jeremiah 1:1-10

Have you ever heard God speak to you? I have. In forty-four years of life, I’ve felt the nudging of God in many small moments. That voice hasn’t come to me out loud, through fire, or in any other spectacular way. It happened more like it does here for Jeremiah: “the word of the LORD came to me” (v. 4). I had the inarguable feeling that God was present within me and outside of me, showing me the better path.

I heard God when
• the other schoolkids made fun of an overweight girl or a mentally challenged boy.
• I felt tempted to tease my younger sister.
• my high school best friend invited me to drink alcohol with her.
• my grandfather battled lung cancer.
• my dad felt discouraged about himself after retirement.
• my mom’s mother died suddenly.
• my marriage suffered and then rekindled.
• my children were sick or scared.

I could keep this list going for days. The point is that, whenever there was a need in front of me, I heard God. God told me to smile, to share, to befriend, to work hard, to care, to protect, to comfort, and so much more. And every time, I always countered, “I can’t do anything about it. I don’t know how.” I wasn’t unlike Jeremiah, who answered God’s call by saying, “I don’t know how to speak; I’m just a boy” (see v. 6).

God didn’t let Jeremiah get away with that excuse, and God didn’t let me get away with it either. Over the years, I learned that when I didn’t obey the word of the Lord, the small moments would happen more frequently, or the situation would get worse. God would remind me again and again that there was always something I could do. There was always a way to show God’s love to others. And I found that, when I did obey, God provided just the right amount of courage and assurance to do what was asked of me. Just like God did for Jeremiah.

Discussion

• When have you heard God? What did God say to you?
• How did you know it was God speaking to you?
• When have you done what God wanted you to do, and what was the result?
• When did you feel unable to obey God’s word, and what was the result?
• How does it help to know that even the mighty prophet Jeremiah struggled to obey the word of the Lord?

Kelley Land, a graduate of Mercer University, has been an assistant editor of Smyth & Helwys curriculum and books since 2001. In addition to this work, she is a freelance editor for other publishers and authors. She also regularly volunteers for Jay’s HOPE, a nonprofit serving families of children with cancer. Kelley enjoys spending time with her teenage daughters, Samantha and Natalie, her husband John, and the family’s two dachshund mix pups, Luke and Leia. She likes supporting community theater productions and is often found playing board games with a group of rowdy friends. She loves Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who. And she writes middle grade and young adult fiction for the pure joy of it.

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