knew you even before
you were conceived.
4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you
were born I set you apart;
Jeremiah was called to be a prophet to Israel, God declared
that even before he was conceived, he was known by God
and set apart for His divine purposes. The road that Jeremiah
would walk in his ministry life would not be an easy one,
for he suffered much abuse at the hands of his fellow
Israelites. I wonder if he ever reflected on these words
when he was going through his darkest times? When he was
alone in that cold, damp prison cell, did he ever go back
to the beginning of his ministry and meditate on God's
words to him? I believe the revelation that he was known
by God, and set apart for His purposes, gave Jeremiah
the strength to continue to walk out his destiny, even
in the darkest of times.
that it was God who knew us, and formed us, and called
us into life, is the bedrock of our existence. When everything
else around us is not making sense, this truth can give
us the grounding that we desperately need to go on. We
are all looking for a sense of meaning and purpose in
our lives. Many people have not received this affirmation
from their parents, but it was not their parents who knew
them before they were conceived, but God. It was God who
formed each one of us in our mother's womb and called
us to life. It was God who set us apart for His divine
purposes and plans.
an architect constructs a building, he meticulously puts
every detail on paper, every component needed to make
his dream into a reality. The idea is first conceived
in his mind, then is transferred on paper, and then when
everything is just perfect, he starts the process of building
his creation. In my own limited understanding of God's
creation process, this is how I imagine it to be. He first
conceived us in His mind, and with great thoughts of love,
He began to chart every detail of our DNA in preparation
for the time when he would form us in our mother's womb.
What a wonderful thought, to know that the God of the
universe knew us intimately and set us apart for His purposes
even before we were conceived!
Father, Your love for me existed even before you formed
me in my mother's womb. You knew me and set me apart for
Your special purpose long before I was born. Help me to
receive a deeper revelation of this truth, so that I might
continue to walk out my destiny in the shadow of Your
love. In the name of your beloved Son Jesus, I pray, AMEN.