You are Known

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“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 1:4-5

It's not fair. Sarah gets to be a professional singer, while I'm stuck here without even a "normal" job. John has led a church and written a plethora of books, and I'm just wondering how to finish this blog post. Liz is as good at making friends as she is at brushing her teeth, but I have always struggled with friendships. Why?

Jeremiah may have asked similar questions when God signed him up to prophesy doom to his people. Now that is an undesirable job. Perhaps he was thinking something along the lines of, "But God, I was just starting to get in with the king's son," or, "All I wanted was to settle down and start a family."

Each one of us has been given a unique calling by God. Sometimes those callings are for seasons, and sometimes they require a lifetime of discipline and sacrifice. Sometimes our callings are easy to enjoy, but sometimes they are downright miserable and leave us crying out, "Why?"

When we're left asking, "Why?" we need hope to continue working and seeking God. The Lord knew Jeremiah needed that hope because he was entering into a lifetime of rejection and pain, so He told him the thing we humans all need to hear:

You are known.

God speaks to us the same truth He gave to Jeremiah: I knew you before you were conceived, and I set you apart to do my work.

We are known. And we are never forgotten. No matter how difficult our calling, no matter the conditions into which we were born or the conditions in which we now live, God knows us. And He is faithful to complete the good work He began in us (Phil. 1:6).

For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13-16

God chose you for this time and this place to be who you are to the people in your life. You are called. You are known. And you are loved infinitely.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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