Read: Psalm 119:73-80
Consider: Are you aware of God’s guiding hand on your life day-by-day? Do you, like the psalmist, believe that God made and formed you, while you were in the womb?
Let’s look at three people from the Bible who had this sense of God’s hand upon their lives.
Firstly, the prophet Isaiah who said: … before I was born the LORD called me, from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name (Isaiah 49:1).
Next, the prophet Jeremiah of whom God said: 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 1:5).
Lastly, the apostle Paul, who said: But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace … (Galatians 1:15).
Can you see the common theme in the lives of each of these people? All had a strong belief that God had not only created them, but had also set them apart for a special purpose. I hear you saying: ‘I’m no Isaiah or Jeremiah. I’m nothing like Paul’. What we have to remember is that each of these people didn’t feel up to the task and in Paul’s case he initially chose to persecute the early church, before committing his life to Christ. We also need to be clear that these people were ordinary human beings, who were willing to let God do great things through them.
It is interesting that after what God said to Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:5), the prophet tried to make excuses about his inability to serve God (see Jeremiah 1:6-10 for his excuse and God’s response). There are plenty of examples in the Bible of those who tried to wriggle out of God calling them. Examples would be Moses, Gideon and Jonah. So if you are resisting God in this way, you are in good company.
Pray: Father, may we be willing to let you use us in the way you choose to bring others to Christ. Give each of us an awareness of your calling and may we willingly surrender to your will. Amen