The book of Jeremiah has never been one of my favorites. I like the biographical information on Jeremiah, which is interspersed throughout; but I don’t necessarily get a kick out of reading the whole book. That said,
at the beginning of the book, there’s a little phrase from the Lord, which I’m sure many of you have heard before. The Lord says to Jeremiah, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
This interests me because of the monstrous implications coming from this statement. No, I’m not referring to abortion issues. I’m referring to issues of sovereignty. What this means is that the Lord is not an object about which we have questions. He is not a subject we read about in books. He is not a discussion topic. He is not someone we “like” on Facebook or follow on Twitter. He is not an idea some cave man thought up long ago. He is not a tree, a sunset, or Mother Earth.
Simply put, we did not come up with the idea of God. He came up with the idea of us.
God created you, and me, and all that the eye can see. According to this verse in Jeremiah, He knew us before we ever knew Him. He knew who we were, before our mother’s knew who we were. And depending on your interpretation of this verse and many others in the Bible, it might just be the case that God knows how our lives will pan out long before we know it. He may know the decisions we make before we make them. He may know that we’re going to be “a prophet to the nations.” He may know what our next job will be. Shoot, He may even know what our calling in life is.
Think about it…so many of us are trying to figure out our lives–where to go next, what to do next, who will be in our lives and the like. Maybe, God knows these things all along. And maybe, He wants to tell us that we’re set apart, that He knows our personalities, our gifts, our talents and abilities. Maybe He wants to tell us what our life calling is, but we’re just too distracted to listen.
And who knows? If you ask, seek, or knock, you may just find what, or rather Who, you are looking for.