“Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as my chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]” Jeremiah 1:4-5a AMP
Jeremiah was chosen by God before time began to be a prophet, an instrument of God, who would profess God’s message to the people of Judah. The Hebrew word used in Jer 1:5 for “knew” is yada’ which means “to appoint”, “to perceive and see”, and to “distinguish”, among others. Jeremiah’s commission to be a prophet came during a time of great turmoil when he was just a young man. Jeremiah’s first response to God’s appointment on his life was like our own responses to being called by God; “surely not I”, “there must be someone else”, “I am not comfortable or equipped”.
I have personally missed God’s calling or prompting to reach out to someone more times than I care to confess. But, the amazing thing about God is that He still wants to use me. Do I always feel “equipped”? Absolutely not, but I know that God IS equipped. I know that God will guide me if I take the time to ask Him what it is He wants of me. I trust that God will provide me with His strength, His words and His means with which to accomplish His plans.
I do not consider myself a prophet. I would not put myself on the same playing field as Jeremiah, Isaiah or the like, but I humbly and gratefully thank my Father in Heaven that He knows me, and He has distinguished me to live a life for His purpose. I give praise to God that He created me. He knit me together. It is because He has yada’ me that I am His; He perceived and saw me before I was in my mother’s womb (see Ps 139). For purposes I am just beginning to embrace, God has a plan for me. I do not know all the answers to “how”, “when” or “where” God’s plan will be accomplished in my life, but I am gratefully and excitedly opening my heart up to God’s leading.
I believe that God has a purpose and plan for each one of us. I know that His plan for me may not be the same as His plan for you. I also know that He equips me, and He equips you; we need only be obedient and say, “yes, Lord, use me”.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for knowing me and for choosing me before I existed in my mother’s womb. Thank You, Lord, that You are with me and You love me and will always lead me to completing Your plan and purpose. Lord Jesus, when doubt or fear cloud my focus and try to get me off course remind me that You are with me. In those moments bring Your Word to my mind and redirect my thoughts toward You. I love You and trust You to lead and guide me for Your good purpose. May all I say and do today bring only glory to Your Name, Father God. It is in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner