The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God’s selection of Jeremiah was made before the prophet was even born. The word “knew” means more than intellectual knowledge. It describes a personal relationship. God intimately knows those He calls. Jeremiah was not set apart for general use. Rather God had something very specific in mind. He “appointed” Jeremiah “as a prophet to the nations.”
Is this verse just for Jeremiah? I don’t think so. Speaking to believers, Paul wrote, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). Think about that amazing truth! Before time began, God chose you to be holy and blameless in His sight. Like Jeremiah, God knew you intimately before you took your first breath.
And like Jeremiah, He set you apart. He has something very specific in mind for you to do. He has appointed you to a particular assignment. He has placed a significant calling on your life. We cannot waste what God has graciously given us. Such love on the part of God demands our love, worship, and obedience. Determine what God has called you to do; then, go about getting it done.
Father, give me the wisdom to know what You have called me to do. Give me the courage to do it and give me the perseverance to get it done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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