“Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.” Jeremiah 1:17
Jeremiah properly saw and understood the two visions. God felt he was ready to go forth and to speak to them all that I command you. God was telling him to prepare his mind. “So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” (1 Peter 1:13) Many times we are not ready to go out in the world and speak for God. We need to prepare our minds in order to speak to others about God. If we are going to fight for our nation, we need to prepare with prayer. We are fighting a spiritual battle against Satan, if we are not spiritually prepared, Satan will defeat us. “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:7) We need to realize that our power comes only from God and we should give Him the glory. God gave Jeremiah the strength he needed – but he had to walk in it. If he did not – if he allowed himself to be dismayed before their faces – then God would dismay Jeremiah before those whom he feared. We must have the faith in God to step out and save our nation.