Daily Devotion Friday June 23, 2017
“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.”
The call of prophet Jeremiah son of Hilkiah the Benjaminite reveals that God knows each of us before he formed us in the womb. In the case of Jeremiah, God did not only know him but even had set him apart to be a prophet to the nations. Unlike the call of the other prophets, the calling word of God to Jeremiah was an affirmation that he was divinely known and called for a purpose. The Lord God told Jeremiah;
“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” (Jer. 1:5).
We should be able to note three things from this verse; first, God created and or formed Jeremiah – thus God is the creator of all mankind. Two, it was in the mind of God to specifically form or create the person of Jeremiah – thus what and who exactly you are isn’t an accident. And, lastly that God had a specific ministry for Jeremiah for which he was set apart before he was born – God has created and placed each one of for a mission.
The fact that God is the creator of mankind isn’t only to be found in the Genesis account. In one of his psalms, David wrote;
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:14-16).
This song of David is very consistent to God’s word to Jeremiah; that He formed Jeremiah in his mother’s womb. In short, God is the author of all life. He formed you and me, we are his masterpiece hence He knows us. Before a potter forms a pot, he visualizes the kind of pot he wants to make. The final product is exactly what was in his mind. God had us in his mind before we were conceived. Each of us is therefore very special before God. In addition, God places each one of on this earth for a purpose. To Jeremiah, he was called to be a prophet to the nations. We must be in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus if we are to discover God’s purpose of our creation.
“Because God forms each life in the womb and knows each individual before they are formed in the womb, we should be able to protect every life—including the unborn.”
Imagine what would be of Jeremiah if his father Hilkiah and his mother decided to terminate the pregnancy leading to Jeremiah’s birth. The Jeremiah whom God formed, whom God knew before he was formed, whom God had set apart to be a prophet to the nations would not have be born. There wasn’t going to be any other person as him.
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Knowing that God formed us should help us to appreciate who we are regardless of how different we are from others. We should however beware of the forces of nurture—the environment in which we live from dissuading us from what God has meant us to be. And, we shouldn’t forget that sin has corrupted mankind. Therefore, we should seek for the meaning and purpose of our lives in him who is our Creator through Christ Jesus. Through Christ we are redeemed from the power of sin and become new creations, able to thank God for who we are and live to do his will. “For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Amen! Rev. J
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Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are taken from the New International Version (NIV). Rev. Julius Izza Tabi is a pastor in the Anglican Church of Uganda, Ma’di & West Nile Diocese. Julius served as an assistant Chaplain and lecturer at the Arua Campus of the Uganda Christin University. He is a graduate of Master of Philosophy in Religion, Society and Global Issues at Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet alias the Norwegian School of Theology, in Oslo, Norway. He is an author of the Popular Triumphing Over Odds . For pastoral assistance you can contact him here and you can also help to support this site and his ministry by donating here.