Jeremiah 1:4-5 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.”
Jeremiah was young when these words from the Lord came to him. God was telling Jeremiah that He knew him. We often say we know someone when we have just briefly met them. Usually what we mean is we know of them. The sense that the word know is used in this verse is one of much greater intimacy. God knew every need, every want, every fault, and every emotion that Jeremiah ever had or would ever had. When God says He knows someone, He means EVERYTHING from the very beginning. After all God created each of us uniquely. Once God establishes that He knows Jeremiah on the deepest level, He then tells him his mission. Jeremiah is to be a prophet to the nations. I know this is all interesting but what does it have to do with you and I?
First off, if you think that God just knows his prophets or the big names in the faith, you are wrong. Look at Psalm 139:1-4
O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
[pullquote position="right"]You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.[/pullquote]
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
God knows more about you than you know about you! He knows your next move, He knows your thoughts, and He even knows about that quick remark, that even you have no idea will fall from your lips! So, yes, God knows you and me as well as He knew Jeremiah.
And since God knows us, just like Jeremiah, He also knows exactly, precisely, what He has set apart forus to do. That’s right, God has things that He would like for us to accomplish. He has assignments that fit our gifts perfectly. He has tasks that will shape our soul. He tells us this in Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Just like Jeremiah, God has placed a calling on your life. He has hand sculpted you, and hand chosen things for you to do. He has given you the gifts, and the faith you need to do these things. Your job is to listen, trust, and move ahead. No one’s calling is higher than yours. You have been called by the King. Don’t waste any more time. Get moving!