Readings: Jeremiah 1: 1-19
What is your excuse for not doing something you were called to do? I don’t feel good today, Lord. I can’t read your word. I’m so tired today Lord, please don’t ask me to write in my journal. My back hurts today, please don’t ask me to go speak to my neighbor. Jeremiah’s excuse was his youth. I’m too young Lord. Ask someone else. You could not mean me? I’m the youngest of the family.
But God tells him, “Don’t say that”. You’re not too young. You are not too tired. You are well enough. And then he promises that He will put words into your mouth. Just go speak to your neighbor, your co-worker, I will put the words in your mouth. But what the heck? He asked you, Jeremiah, to see, and you saw the branch of an almond tree? What does that mean? He could have shown you anything, the golden roads in heaven. And he shows you a tree?
Charles Spurgeon, the interpreter of the word that I have clung to during this old testament study, explains this vision of the almond tree as, “those who see what they can see, and take care to see it well, are the people who shall receive further instruction, for it was when Jeremiah said, “I see a rod of an almond tree,” that the Lord went on to explain the vision to him, saying, “Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.” Those who do not see what they can see shall not be allowed to see any more. If you will not use, in diligently studying the Scriptures, the judgment and perception which you already have, God will not give you further light, since you neglect the gift that is in you. ” (1)
I don’t know about you, but I do want to receive further instruction. I want to be able to see further. Have you ever noticed that when you study scripture, the same verses that you have read over and over again, you see something different every time? This is the mystery of God’s word. I desire for God to provide further light into his Word. I thirst for this. I want to see the almond branch.
Jeremiah was given the gift of hearing, speaking, and seeing God’s words. He now has a job to do, to speak to the young king. Josiah, your prophet is ready to teach you the things he has been gifted to see. We know that you have the ears to hear, listen, and heed God’s words. Through this gifted prophet your life may even be spared. So, Let’s spend a few days finding out what our young prophet has to say.