The Call of Jeremiah:
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, calling him to be a prophet. The interesting thing to note is that the word clearly talks about God creating life even before the child was formed physically in the womb of the mother. This echoes Psalm 139:13-16, where David marvels the wonder of creation. This is specially relevant in our times where children are called “foetuses” and “cell mass” and callously murdered in the womb before they’ve had a chance to fulfil their destiny. We are not merely flesh and bones, but beings created in His image, with a special calling and purpose for our lives.
Jeremiah was formed, known, consecrated and appointed even before he was born. Its interesting to note that the Hebrew word for ‘known’ doesn’t just mean ‘know’ in the sense of knowledge, it also means chosen and predestined.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV)
We all have heard the phrase “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called”. This is also illustrated in this verse. The life of Jeremiah is ordered by God. He “forms”, “knows”, “consecrates” and “appoints” Jeremiah as a prophet. All this is the work of God. Jeremiah had no part to play, no pre-existing qualifications or merits for him to be used by God. This is God’s grace at work; calling unqualified sinners to do His work.
It’s often said that God uses crooked sticks to make straight lines. God doesn’t see you as other people do. God saw something in David where even the prophet Samuel couldn’t see. Where others see weakness God sees potential (1 Corinthians 1:27). Where others see lowliness God displays His glory. God often uses the mouth of simple people to put to shame the “wisdom” of proud. Who you are doesn’t matter. Your past doesn’t matter. God created you in His wisdom with a purpose and vision for your life. Trust him and humble yourself before Him and He will fulfil His plans for your life (1 Peter 5:6).