Jeremiah was one of the prophets, which means God spoke to him and he shared it with others. The very first time Jeremiah heard from God, guess what God said? He said, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Whoa. That means God had a plan for Jeremiah to be a prophet before he was even born!
Well, Jeremiah felt like he wasn’t ready to be a prophet, because he was pretty young, so he told God he couldn’t do it. “I’m just a child,” he said, “and I’m not very good at speaking to people.”
God replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.” After that, he touched Jeremiah’s mouth and put words in it. We don’t know exactly what that means, but we do know after that, Jeremiah immediately heard more from God. He saw a vision of an almond tree and a boiling pot—and both of them meant something!
Through those pictures, God was showing Jeremiah a plan he had to watch over his people and to make them strong and ready for an attack that was coming. That second one sounds a little scary, and God knew it. So he told Jeremiah not to be terrified! “I am with you and will rescue you,” God said.
Jeremiah might still have felt afraid—we don’t know—but he was brave and began to listen to God and share what God said with the rest of God’s family.
Read this part of Jeremiah's story together in Chapter 1, in the Bible.
We’ll find out more about what Jeremiah did later, but first, let’s talk about this part of the story:
- When did God make a plan for Jeremiah? What do you think God has planned for you?
- Why did Jeremiah think he was too young to follow God’s plan? When have you been afraid to do something that God wanted you to do?