Just like Jeremiah, whenever I tried to give God an excuse as to why I can’t do what He wants me to do, God always wins that debate. His response is very much like what He told Jeremiah.
Excuse #1: I’m not good enough.
Jeremiah felt the people wouldn’t listen to him because he was a teenager. I’ve used the same type of excuse, mainly because of verbal excuse from my dad. Nothing I did was good enough for his standards, so I wasn’t good enough to do what God wanted me to do.
God’s Response: It is not what people think about you, for I will be with you.
We don’t need to worry about what others think of what we say. God is the only person we have to answer to. Just like Romans 8:31 ESV:
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Excuse #2: I don’t know what to say.
This excuse goes way back. Moses tried using it and failed. Isiaha failed when he tried it. Jeremiah and I also failed when we used this excuse.
God’s Response: I will give you the words.
Such wisdom. When God asks us to do something for Him, He is going to provide what is needed to get it done. We don’t have to depend on our own understanding.
Excuse #3: What if they don’t like me?
Many times God will ask us to do something that other people may not like. In today’s society, it is very easy to get someone upset with you just looking at them. People may not like how you do something and come at you on social media.
God’s Response: He will deliver you.
When we follow through and do what God wants us to do, He is not going to leave us to take the heat from those that don’t want to hear from God what He has for us to do or say. He in His way will deliver s from them.
In the end, we can trust God will provide what is needed to do the job He knows we can do and He will deal with those who dare to critique us because we are saying what He wants people to hear.