Rhonnie Scheuerman’s Inspiration Station For All In Need This Morning
Author David Jeremiah from: God Loves You
Fear of Success: Before You Were Born,God Knew Your Destiny
Before you were born I sanctified you: I ordained you a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
In this passage God says four specific things to Jeremiah * I formed you. * I Knew you. * I sanctified you. * I ordained you.
When the Lord told Jeremiah he was ordained to be a prophet to the nations, He began offering reasons why he wasn’t qualified to fulfill the destiny God had for him. “Ah, Lord God ! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth “(Jeremiah 1:6). But God knew exactly what He was doing.As the call itself indicates, He had thought it through quite thoroughly: “This is no spontaneous decision on My part, Jeremiah. Don’t you realize that I knew everything about you while your mother was still carrying you? Don’t you realize that I’ve had this destiny mapped out for you all along?”
God had planned for this moment; and with joy, He looked forward to the deep satisfaction of seeing His child put to use the gifts that were so lovingly reserved for him. When Jeremiah protested his youthful inexperience, God reassured him”I am with you to deliver you” (v.8). He put His hand on Jeremiah’s lips and said, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth”. Just as He did with Jeremiah, God treasures the moments in which He sees us growing into what He designed us to be and moving toward the destiny He has planned for us. The same is true in human relationships. John Orrrberg explains: “If I love someone, it means I have certain hopes and intentions and wishes for them. I’m in their corner. I long for them to flourish and blossom. I want them to realize all their potential ! I want them to become filled with virtue and moral beauty.
The difference is that with God’s love, these treasures exist before we do. He has reserved them for us from the very beginning. Paul speaks of the eternal knowledge and love of God when he writes to the Galatians about his own calling. He explains that God ” separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles” (Galatians 1:15-16a).
Just as God had a destiny for Jeremiah and for Paul,
He also has a destiny for each of us- one that He designed before we were born.