But I’m Just A Kid! – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

But I’m Just a Kid!

School Chapel Message

Jeremiah 1:6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

Intro: I saw several really neat things about this passage this week that I have never noticed before.

God laid this chapter on my heart early Wednesday morning.

I have been reading these verses and meditating on them for several days.

We do not know how old Jeremiah was in this chapter when God came to him.

He called himself a child.

I didn’t spend a lot of time researching to try and find out how old he was.

NOTE: I don’t know any teenage boy that would call himself a child. Not one.

It is possible that he was older.

He could have been doing what Moses did in Exodus 3 when he claimed he couldn’t speak but could.

One thing jumped out at me about verse 7.

God did not argue with him about whether or not he was a child.

God didn’t tell him he wasn’t a child.

God told him not to use being a child as an excuse.

So I am going with the assumption that Jeremiah was a child when God approached him in chapter 1.

Several things we can conclude by way of introduction:

A. Kids will be Approached by God – vs. 4

NOTE: God spoke to Samuel instead of the priests in I Sam. 3:4)

B. Kids will be Alarmed by God – vs. 6 Ah Lord God! (Samuel thought it was Eli)

Samuel lay until morning in I Sam. 13:15 – it doesn’t say he slept. He feared to tell Eli what God had said.

C. Kids will be Adamant to God – Jeremiah made two excuses in one verse. Back to back!

– vs. 6 I cannot speak, for I am a child.

What kid do you know cannot speak?? They all talk non-stop.

The other excuse was his age.

God has never been limited by a person’s size or age.

I. God can Sanctify Kids from the Womb – vs. 5

  • 4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
  • 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

SANCTIFY: set apart; prepare; consecrate

I want to point out one powerful truth here: nothing that has happened to you since you were born was enough to overturn God’s purpose for your life.

So many kids think that bad things that has happened to them makes them exempt from being used of God.

God had a plan for Jeremiah before he was even born.

II. God can Send Kids to the Work – vs. 7

  • 5 … and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
  • 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
  • 7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee,

God uses young people.

Never use the fact that you are young as an excuse to not do something for God.

  • Proverbs 20:11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

III. God can Speak through Kids the Word – vs. 7-9

  • 7…and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
  • 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
  • 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
  • Matthew 21:16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

IV. God can Set Kids over the World – vs. 10

  • 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
  • Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  • 1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.