Chosen before formation, appointed before birth

Many people believe that all they need to do is be part of the family of God. But Jeremiah is an example of someone God has called to do more than simply be.

Jeremiah 1:4-5

4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

In Jeremiah 1:4, we see that GOD spoke to Jeremiah. This is an interesting statement, because many people today want to say that God does not speak to people, or that you need to see a psychiatrist if you hear God’s voice. But has God changed? James 1:17 tells us He has not and does not change.

So then, we see Jeremiah says that GOD spoke. Not only did God speak, but God spoke to a man and said “before [He] formed [Jeremiah He] knew [him].” Note – GOD formed Jeremiah in the womb – it did not happen by accident. It did not occur by chance. It did not occur simply because a man and a woman decided to have a child. No, it happened because GOD did it. God opens and closes wombs (Genesis 20:18; 1 Samuel 1:5-6). More than that, God forms people in the mother’s womb – its not simply an automatic process, but is something God does (Psalm 139:13Ecclesiastes 11:5Isaiah 44:2Isaiah 44:24Isaiah 49:5). And God knew Jeremiah before He formed him in the womb – God is outside of time, space, and creation. God declared and made Jeremiah holy and appointed him to be a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah’s calling was to tell the people what God told him to say.

All of us have such a calling, and some of us respond in the same way Jeremiah did:

Jeremiah 1:6

6 Then I said, “Alas, Lord GOD!
Behold, I do not know how to speak,
Because I am a youth.”

Jeremiah found an excuse to claim he could not do what God had called him to do. In this case, Jeremiah said he was just a kid and didn’t know how to speak. Many of us find excuses to not do what God wants. But God has an answer to our excuses, just as God had an answer to Jeremiah’s excuse:

Jeremiah 1:7

7 But the LORD said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
And all that I command you, you shall speak.

God said his excuse was not good enough. :) We can’ simply say I cant do it. Because God said it and that’s good enough. If God says it, then we can do it. Why?

Jeremiah 1:8

8 “Do not be afraid of them,
For I am with you to deliver you,” declares the LORD.

Because God will be with us and will deliver us – just as He promised He would do with Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 1:9

9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me,

“Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

God touches our mouths and makes us able to say the words He needs us to say.

Jeremiah 1:10

10 “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To pluck up and to break down,
To destroy and to overthrow,
To build and to plant.”

The words of a minister of God can have powerful effects. God appointed Jeremiah over nations and kingdoms to prepare the people. The people would be plucked, broken down, destroyed, overthrown, built and planted. God will accomplish HIS plan. God would use Jeremiah to accomplish HIS goal.

Will you be used by God to accomplish HIS plan? God has a call upon you.  Are you willing to respond to God’s call? It is not about you but about God. It isnot YOUR plans that matter – if they are not the plans of God, what does it matter? Whose plans do you think will prevail, yours or Gods? Step up now – recognize the truth and respond to God’s call upon your life in obedience. God will provide you what you need when you need it.

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One Response

  1. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

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