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"Then There Was You"

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

Jeremiah 1:5

I wish I could have been there and witnessed the look on his face when Jeremiah understood for the very first time that God knew him even before He made Jeremiah. I love the thought that long before Jeremiah was born into the world he was born in the heart of God. And the good news of the gospel is, what is true about Jeremiah is just as true about you too!

Consider this, most couples discuss having children even before they have children. It makes perfect sense that a child is intended to be well thought out in advance of their conception and subsequent birth. I would say almost every couple I have ever met who is planning on getting married has a discussion about having children prior to their wedding day. I know as a pastor who performs wedding ceremonies, I always ask the question during our premarital counseling, "are you planning on having children after you are married?" Even if children are born outside of marriage or even unplanned within marriage they aren't accidents as God obviously knew the exact day they would be born into this world. Every life counts as every life has a purpose with God!

I remember years ago I was given a C.D. of a teaching that my wife did for our churches Women's Ministry that left me a little perplexed upon hearing it. During the teaching my wife told the group of women that night that she knew all the way back in high school that one day she would have three children and that she even knew all the way back then what there names would be. That was news to me, lol. 

She told the ladies that she had picked out the names Bree, Brett and Brandon as the names for her three yet to be babies. She was planning since high school on being the mom to her three B's, and what a wonderful mom she is. The only thing my wife said she didn't know back in high school was who the father was going to be. (LOL. That is the truth. I have the C.D. still). I had to hit rewind on the C.D. player a few times so I could listen and make sure I heard what I thought I heard. I was certain my wife and I had sat down together and came up with our children's names together. Then, the more I thought about it, my wife was right. I did recall that she did present the names to me asking e what I thought about the names making me think I had a say in choosing the names when in reality she was just asking me what I thought, LOL. I am still amazed to this day by my wife's foreknowledge. And to think, God planned your birth and mine even before the world was ever even formed. I better understaffed God's heart thanks in part to the help of my wife in her knowing our children by name before they were born. 

Let this sink in real good today, loved one. God thought about you before you were born. He knew you! God thought ahead of time about your life and He knew the exact day and hour you would be born, what you would look like, what your personality would be. He knew everything about you before you took your first breath. You are not an accident, you are an act of divine love. You were created for something, a purpose that no one else is in this life is designed to fulfill. You are unique. 

That's what the apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Did you catch that? We are His workmanship. That means God is responsible for your birth into this world. John 1:3 says plainly, "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made." You and I are creations of Christ, He is the Potter, we are the clay. God has fashioned us and not we ourselves. There is no such thing as a "self made man or woman". Each of us owes our existence to God.

Doesn't that just blow your mind? To think, God created each of us with a specific plan His Word tells us, a plan that was put into place before you were you. God has a purpose for your life that is to be lived out each day. We don't know all that the future holds but we know who holds the future! We all have a reason to get up every day and to get going. If we are going to walk in the plans God has for us then we are going to need to spend time with Him, listening to His Word and seeking Him in prayer, being directed by His Spirit. "Walking", Ephesians 2 implies, is in the present tense, meaning right now, today, in this very moment of your life regardless of what you are going through, God has a plan for it that He desires you take part in, something for you to do, for you to accomplish. 

Don't miss your opportunity today, loved one to fulfill God's call upon your life. Commit your ways to the One who committed Himself completely for you when He gave His life to secure yours and mine! Just think, there is something God desires to do in and through you that is unique to every other person who has ever lived. That makes you pretty special, it makes your life important any way you look at it. Yes, loved one, then there was you! 

"being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ"

Philippians 1:6


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