Jeremiah 1:9 & 10
"Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, 'Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.'" NIV translation
Now, the Lord reassures Jeremiah by touching him and telling him that it is God that will do the work and it will be His words. That is a good lesson for us as we seek to serve the Lord, our service must be by His Word and His power. Then, God tells him about his ministry and, at first glance, it seems to be all bad news as God says he is going to uproot and destroy. The last part tells of the fact that after the tearing down, he will be used to rebuild and the rebuilding will be on the foundation of God and not men. That, too, is a great lesson for us in our service to God in that it has to be based on the Word of God which is Jesus Christ. We, too, may have to tear down some false buildings and foundations but after that the rebuilding can begin on the solid Rock that is Jesus Christ.