Tag: before being formed in the womb
Scripture reading for August 5th: Jeremiah 1-6
When does life really begin? This debate has been going on in our nation for a number of years. Some say life begins at conception while others say it begins when the fetus is able to maintain life on it’s own outside of the womb. Others say that at birth life begins. What does God’s word indicate about this question?
“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 1:4-5) This scripture and others in the Bible indicate that God knows each person before they are formed in the womb! Ephesians 1:4 states that God chose us to be in Christ before the creation of the world! God knows everything before anything visible was even created! What amazing insight into each of our lives! We are more significant than we might think to God and He has a plan for each of us!
Jeremiah was set apart by God for a specific mission before he was ever born into this world. Jeremiah was appointed by God to be a prophet. Prophets listen to God and then speak His thoughts and word to people. God doesn’t do anything by way of judgment without warning people by the prophets. (Amos 3:6-7) When God spoke to Jeremiah he was only a child–we are not sure of his age. God told him not to worry about his youth and inexperience, but to speak the word of God.
God promised to be with him and deliver him. I don’t know about you, but if God told me that he would deliver me, I would be asking God what I would be involved in that called for deliverance! When any prophet spoke the word of God, it always brought some kind of response. God used that word to uproot and tear down or to build up and plant. (Jeremiah 1:7-9) These activities bring conflict that sometimes cause the need for God’s deliverance!
God gave Jeremiah a vision of an almond tree and asked him what he saw. The almond tree was the first tree to bloom in the spring in Israel and it was watched by all the people as a sign that spring was coming. God spoke to Jeremiah through that vision that God Himself would watch over His word to bring it to pass. (Jeremiah 1:12-12)
Jeremiah is one of my favorite prophets! I believe that as we read through this book God will speak to us about our time and day! Listen closely for God speaking to you and confirming His call. Let Him show you how He has watched over His word and is still watching over it to bring it to pass. It will revolutionize your faith and daily walk.