men, you are strong and the Word of God abides in you;
have overcome the wicked one" (1 Jn 2:14)
Ziegenbalg (1682-1719) of Germany, the first missionary to translate the
Bible into the Tamil language, was born today. Right early in his life as
a 16 year old, he committed his life to Christ, served God faithfully in
obedience to Him and died at only 37 years of age. Through his pioneering
efforts the Tamil Bible became the first Bible to be translated and
printed in South Asia. When God called Jeremiah, he replied, "Ah,
Lord God! behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth" (Jer 1:6). But
God corrected him, "Do not say, I am a youth." He gave the
following seven reasons why Jeremiah should not hesitate to accept His
I have CHOSEN you!
I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified
you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations" (v5)
I am SENDING you!
shall go to all to whom I send you" (v7)
I am ACCOMPANYING you!
not be afraid of their faces; I am with you to deliver you" (v8)
I am TEACHING you!
Lord said to me: Behold, I have put My words in your mouth"(v9)
I am AUTHORIZING you!
I have this day set you over the nations... to root out and to pull down,
to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant" (v10)
I am GUIDING you!
Word of the Lord came to me, saying, Jeremiah... I am ready to perform My
I am STRENGTHENING you!
I have made you this day a fortified city and an iron pillar, and bronze
walls against the whole land" (vv17-19)
come in the sunshine of youth's happy morning,
lives to His service we'll cheerfully give;
pray for His Spirit to guide and direct us,
we to His glory and honour may live!
J. Crosby, 1823-1915)