Comments on Verses from Prophets

Jeremiah

Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

This verse is the call of Jeremiah as recorded by him. It gives some interesting information about what God can know or what God knows. He knew it about others as well. It would not be a reach to say that He knows it about all of us. Thinking about that should make us wonder what God had in mind for us to do before the moment of our birth. Jeremiah was hesitant to do the job God gave him but he ultimately did.

What would the world be like if we all did what God had in mind for us from the beginning? To begin with, God wants every person who has ever lived or is living or will live to be saved. That is His ultimate desire, His goal for mankind. Okay, we might argue, then why doesn’t He save everyone and achieve the desire? Many believe that He will. They should read Jeremiah. Before the end of chapter one they will see that God does not operate that way. Sin against God brings death not life. This disobedience against God and its punishment is the subject of the book.

In a sense the prophecy of Jeremiah is a lament, a lament against the people of God who refused to be what God required them to be. We will hear that theme repeated over and over again. God held out His hands but the people refused to come. Is the result of God’s call any different today, in our world?

Task for Today: Take it for granted that God knew you before you were known. Your existence is a work of God’s hands. Why did He make you? What is your purpose? Has God appointed you to a task of some kind? Is it to sit in a pew and worship? Is it to build up treasure on earth? Is it to gain as much understanding for yourself as you can? Do you see yourself as an appointed “brother’s keeper”? Today, how far along on God’s plan for your life are you? There is still time to act. Today, while it is called today. Don’t harden your heart.

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