Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Here are the readings for this week.

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; I Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:21-30

The two Old Testament passages are a great comfort to me today. They both reminded me with these words, “Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s womb you have cared for me.” God loves us and cares about us, no matter what we are going through. It also reminded me that God calls us. God called Jeremiah to be His spokesperson. Jeremiah thought he was to young to be God’s prophet, but God reminded Jeremiah that he didn’t need to worry about what to speak, because the Lord was going to speak through Jeremiah. This is a great comfort. If we have been called by God and we are obeying His commands and following Him, we have no need to worry about what to speak, God will provide. God is our rock. In the words of Martin Luther, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Here is a great arrangement performed by the Indiana Wesleyan University Chorale.

In addition to God being our Rock and our Fortress, He cares about us. God tells Jeremiah that He knew Jeremiah before he was even born. David writes a similar thought. God knows all about us and He knows each one of us by name even in our mother’s womb. What a paradox; we have a God who is our mighty fortress and yet he cares and knows us. I love the song “He Knows My Name” by Tommy Walker. There is a great story behind the song and I encourage you to click the link above. Remember, God cares for you and knows all about you.

Tommy Walker wrote the song “He Knows My Name.”

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