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The Power of Voice

Today's Devotional

Read: Jeremiah 1:4–9 | Bible in a Year: Nehemiah 7–9; Acts 3

I have put my words in your mouth. Jeremiah 1:9

The most powerful orators in history are often those leaders who’ve used their voices to bring about positive change. Consider Frederick Douglass, whose speeches on abolition and liberty spurred a movement that helped lead to the end of slavery in the United States. What if he’d chosen to be silent? We all possess the capacity to use our voice to inspire and help others, but the fear of speaking out can be paralyzing. In the moments when we feel overwhelmed by this fear, we can look to God, our source of divine wisdom and encouragement.

When God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, he immediately began to doubt his own abilities. He cried out, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young” (Jeremiah 1:6). But God wouldn’t allow Jeremiah’s fear to get in the way of his divine calling to inspire a generation through his voice. Instead, He instructed the prophet to simply trust God by saying and doing whatever He commanded (v. 7). In addition to affirming Jeremiah, He also equipped him. “I have put my words in your mouth” (v. 9), He assured him.

When we ask God to show us how He wants to use us, He’ll equip us to carry out our purpose. With His help, we can boldly use our voice to make a positive impact on those around us.

When have you been afraid to use your voice? How might you rely on God’s strength and wisdom to speak up?

Heavenly Father, give me the strength to use the power of my words to influence those around me for the better.


The account of God calling the prophet Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4–10) emphasizes that it’s God who calls and equips us. God emphasized that Jeremiah was called to his prophetic work even before conception (v. 5). Similarly, the apostle Paul described God calling him to his work before he was born (Galatians 1:15). Jeremiah responds much like Moses (Exodus 4:10) and questions whether he’s best suited for the work (Jeremiah 1:6). As with Moses, God responded by insisting on Jeremiah’s obedience and assuring him that His power would be with him (vv. 4–8). Then God “touched [Jeremiah’s] mouth,” which likely indicated purifying him, and put His own words in his mouth (v. 9). Finally, Jeremiah is told of the unique focus of his prophetic work, which would both “uproot and tear down” (v. 10).

By |2023-06-17T02:33:14-04:00June 17th, 2023|
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