In HIS Presence


Read: Jeremiah 1:4-8

Meditation verse:

“Then said I: Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth” (Jeremiah 1:6)

“I’m not good enough”, “My best years are over” “I’m now too old”, “I have wasted my life”. Do any of these words sound like you? Who says you are not good enough? Not good enough for what? In the book of Exodus, Moses who was slow of speech spoke at the highest possible level of authority. He spoke to Pharoah to let God’s people go free. Little David killed giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Jephthah the son of a harlot led a nation to victory in the book of judges. Impetuous Peter who denied Jesus became a great and powerful orator and Saul the murderer became Paul the greatest apostle of all times in the book of Acts.

Who says you are too old? Too old for what? Sarah gave birth to Isaac, the promise child in her nineties. Grandma Moses, an American folk artist, successfully began a painting career in her seventies. Her paintings became very famous. Who says you have wasted your life? Who says your best years are gone? Mary Magdalene whom Jesus cleansed of seven demons in St Luke’s gospel, was the first person to see Him after His resurrection. The woman at the well in the book of John who had had five husbands, went on to evangelize a whole nation.

Who has condemned you? Not God, and it is His opinion that counts. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Stop condemning yourself. Stop undermining your own success. Do not let your feelings of inadequacy rob you of God’s plan for your life. Most of the biblical characters who did great exploits all struggled with a sense of inadequacy. Jeremiah said he did not know how to talk. Sarah laughed. Jonah ran away. David wasn’t even considered a candidate for kingship by his father. God does not delight in the strength of a man. He has time in His hands, and He can redeem anything.

You are not too old, you good enough, you are adequate, your life is not wasted, your best years are ahead. Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be”. All things are working together for your good. Relax!

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye

Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest.

Would you like to do so now? Here’s a prayer you can say:

Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.


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