When did God first know you?
You might recall a day when you first recognized and welcomed God’s presence in your life. But the more important question is when did God first recognize your place and importance in the whole of creation?
The LORD had a very specific answer for the prophet Jeremiah:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, …”
— Jeremiah 1:5
The Hebrew verb to know is not merely recognition, but experiential knowing. Thus the LORD did not merely watch Jeremiah grow to maturity from a distance but intimately experienced his gifts and talents.
You also have unique gifts and talents that the LORD has known from before your birth and has experienced how you will fit into the whole of creation. The question is how long will you resist your calling? Jeremiah tried complaining about his lack of experience.
“… Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy.”
— Jeremiah 1:6
While your calling might not be to prophesy to the world, it might be as simple as teaching a few people from your experiences and unique talents. It might be visiting with those limited by health, disability, or circumstance. It might be organizing a business idea into a product that puts people to work.
I will have more to say about Jeremiah 1:4-10 on Sunday, August 21st, 2016 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor