Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. ~~ Jeremiah 1:4-8 (KJV)
The story of Jeremiah’s call to be a prophet is a comfort to me because there are three truths in it.
First – God says to Jeremiah that He knew him before He formed him in his mother’s womb. What was true of Jeremiah is true of every person ever born.
God knew you and me before we were born. He knew what we would look like, how we would respond to challenges, whether we would be easily obedient or difficult to discipline. He knew all about us.
And He loved us.
Still loves us!
Second – He says to Jeremiah that He set him apart for a particular calling. This is also true of you and me.
God has a particular calling in mind for each person. There is an appointed time and place for us in His universe. Our highest achievement is to be faithful to that calling.
Third – He promises Jeremiah that He will never leave him. As Jeremiah goes where God tells him and says what God commands him to say, the Lord will be with him and will rescue him from whatever comes against him.
This promise is also true for you and me. When we are doing God’s work, He will be our shield and protector.
Just consider these facts:
- God had you in mind when He spoke the words “Let there be light.”
- God has a purpose for your life – one designed just for you alone.
- God will never leave you.
If we believe these three statements to be true, what can stop us from being the ambassadors God wants to send to His hurting world? Of what need we be afraid?
I love the saying “The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.” Let us resolve to stay in the will of God.
Thank You for Your promises to us. We are grateful that You choose to be involved in our lives to the smallest details. Help us to be faithful to You, listening closely for Your will, obeying Your calling instantaneously.
In Jesus’ most precious name.