Saturday, August 7th, 2010
"Alas, O Sovereign Lord Jehovah! Here I actually do not know how to speak, for I am but a boy" (Jeremiah 1:6)
When Jehovah informed Jeremiah of his commission to be "prophet to the nations," he cried out with the words above. Nevertheless, trusting in Jehovah, he accepted the assignment. (Jeremiah 1:4-10) For more than 40 years, Jeremiah contended with apathy, rejection, ridicule, and even physical violence. (Jeremiah 20:1, 2) At times, he felt like giving up. Yet, he persevered in declaring an unpopular message to a largely unreceptive people. In God's strength, Jeremiah accomplished what he could never have done on his own. (Jeremiah 20:7-9) Many of God's servants today can relate to Jeremiah's feelings. When contemplating the prospect of preaching from house to house, more than a few of us once thought, 'That is something I could never do.' Yet, when we realized that it was Jehovah's will that we proclaim the good news, we overcame our apprehension and got busy preaching.
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 2:1, 2)