“Therefore thus says the Lord [to Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety, and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you—not you to [the people]” (Jeremiah 15:19).
To be His mouthpiece.
What a wonderful honor that must have been in the Old Testament. To be counted as God’s chosen mouthpiece. The one who would speak for God to a generation. To a nation. To an army.
Though it was a great honor, I know it was also a terrifying thing. God never chooses the most likely or even the most equipped, He chooses the most willing. And yet, in all the willingness that the Old Testament prophets possessed, there was also fear and uncertainty along the way.
In my Bible, the title over Jeremiah 15:19 says “The Lord Reassures Jeremiah.” In other words, in the midst of being mightily used by God, Jeremiah still had some doubts.
Through God’s reassurance however, He pinpoints all the fears and uncertainty that Jeremiah feels, while promising him something if he’ll take a leap of faith. God told Jeremiah that if he returns to his faith in God, and gives up “this mistaken tone of distrust and despair,” He will set him once again in a place of peace and be used as God’s minister.
He doesn’t promise here that Jeremiah will be the people’s minister. God promises that Jeremiah will be His very own minister. What an amazing promise!
“If you separate the precious from the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted suspicions concerning God’s faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece.” If you separate the Holy from the worthless human passion, and clean out all the “guessing if God will come through” — you will be His mouthpiece.
Not only did God promise Jeremiah a peaceful place, where he would be restored as God’s faithful minister, He also promised restoration to the prophetic gift of being His mouthpiece.
“[But do not yield to them.] Let them return to you—not you to [the people].” A prophet who only wants to flatter people will die off with the people he is trying to please. But a truthful, trusting prophet who speaks God’s Word, can save both himself and the people he leads.
God may not need Old Testament prophets to speak to a generation anymore, but He still needs people willing to be His mouthpiece. You may never speak to an army or stand in front of a nation, but you can be a mouthpiece used by God right where you are.
There are people everyday needing to hear Gods words through a trusting, willing and humble vessel. You may have doubts and fears and uncertainty, but take God’s reassurance to Jeremiah and apply it to yourself.
God is saying to you:
“If you come back to Me and lay aside the distrust, I will put you back in a place of peace, and you will be My trusted vessel. If you separate yourself from the doubts of the world, I will speak through you. The people may come to God’s way, but you won’t return to theirs.”
What wonderful, miraculous and mighty things could God do with you if you lay aside the distrust and the suspicions? How could He use you if you are simply willing to take a leap of faith?
It is a wonderful honor and privilege to be a mouth that God can use — to speak life and truth in a world that wants the opposite.