Known Before

Jeremiah 1:4-6 “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a child.”

I love knowing GOD knew me before I was born. I sometimes have a harder time believing GOD has set me apart. And I certainly don’t believe GOD has appointed me as a prophet. I know how to speak, but sometimes it’s hard to express myself or how I feel, but at some point I need to realize I am no longer a child.

Jeremiah was chosen, Moses and Aaron were chosen, Joshua, Ruth, Samuel, Esther, David,……… at some point we need to realize you and I are chosen and we, you and I, are no longer a child.

Jeremiah 1:7-10 But the Lord said to me,
“Do not say, ‘I am only a child’;
for you shall go to all to whom I send you,
and you shall speak whatever I command you.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you and will rescue you,
says theLord.”
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me,
“Now I have put my words in your mouth.
See, today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to pull down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

If only GOD would talk to me like he did to Jeremiah and Haggai, Malachi or even Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

And yet GOD says to us, you and I, “Do not say I am only a child… I have put my words in your mouth.” Wow, that’s a tall order. A lot to take in. ‘IF’ GOD has put his words in my mouth then I should know what to say, and if I know what to say then I should know what to do and yet I hesitate. I hesitate out of fear or embarrassment of going against the crowd, against the world, against my friends, and even sometimes against my family.

The world is crazy to me sometimes, but the truth is as GOD tells Jeremiah in 1:8 “Do not be afraid of them (the world), for I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord.” The truth is GOD has chosen us! GOD has chosen you and I!

I am starting to think I need to speak out more, I need to love like a maniac until at some point I need to be rescued. It seems to me I’ve been living my life to be in a position of not needing to be rescued and I think GOD told Jeremiah, and GOD is telling me “Do not be afraid! For I am with you and will rescue you!” GOD is telling us, you and I, we don’t need to be afraid of being who GOD wants us to be, of saying what GOD wants us to say, of doing what GOD wants us to do. We, you and I, are wonderful, loving, precious children of GOD and we need to go out, out into the world, without fear knowing that we were known by our GOD before we were born and that GOD has set us apart to be his.

Precious Father, Loving God, Holy Spirit I pray. I pray that I let go of my fears of needing help and nobody being there. I pray that you help me be who you see me as, who you want me to be, and say what you want me to say! AMEN.

Jim Dietvorst

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