The first sermon I ever wrote was based on Jeremiah, 1:4-5, which reads: The word of the Lord came to me, saying,“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.”
Jeremiah is a young man at the time of his calling. He had doubts about his ability to fulfill God’s will, but the verses above tell us that God had this plan laid out for Jeremiah even before he was conceived.
These words are not only for Jeremiah, though. They are for us, too. Before we were born, God had plans for us, and appointed us to be teachers, farmers, engineers, clerks, or whatever we are. Maybe your job isn’t what you intend to do for the rest of your life? It’s true that what you are doing now may be just a stepping stone towards an even greater calling.
The greatest comfort I find in this passage from Jeremiah is that it also says that God knows all about us. He knew, before we were born, our accomplishments and failures, our triumphs and our tragedies, our virtues and our sins. He knows that we’re going to fall prey to temptation, that we will “fall short of the glory of God”...but He still loves us!
God has a plan for each of us. If He had His way, we would follow His path, that proverbial “straight and narrow”, and make our way back to Him. Unfortunately, we won’t. We will stray. We will take shortcuts. We will get lost. When this happens, God will be there to put up detour signs, road blocks and directions to get us back on the right path. When He does, pay attention! God is calling you to great things. He knows what you’re capable of!