Jeremiah; one of the most significant prophets in the history of Israel. He was a priest; a man of God who lived and ministered during some of the stormiest years of Middle Eastern history. It was a period of turbulence and anxiety for many nations, particularly for the people who were the apple of Gods eye. And Jeremiah was raised up to suffer and serve as God’s representative through this time.
"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.” Jer. 1:5 At the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry God declares His sovereign activity with the creation, call and destiny of Jeremiah. He is Lord over life, Lord over death, Lord over nations and Lord over everything both in heaven and on earth. He knows the past and the future. His word and His will are law. Jeremiah had a hard life and a hard ministry yet God tells him this is the time and purpose for which he was created. This confinement does not change God’s call on Jeremiah’s life, it is part of it. God is still listening, God is still speaking, God is still acting because God is always aware and actively involved in His creation. He uses the circumstances, the chaos and the conflict which surrounded Jeremiah to chisel Jeremiah’s words—God’s words—into the conscience of kings. Once a friend of kings, this bold herald for the King of Kings suffers periods of persecution and imprisonment at the hand of kings. This was his destiny.
And today is ours. God knew you before He formed you. He knew the plans He had for you and the time He established for you. No matter the turmoil in the world, no matter your situation, no matter your station in life, God still speaks. He still listens. He still sees and He still acts. He has a plan and you are a part of it; a significant part of it because God never does anything without it being significant. Do not be discouraged nor distracted. Those who watch the clouds neither plant nor harvest. God loves to display His power and abilities under the most impossible of circumstances. Psalm 46 rings true for every generation; while rulers shake and nations live in terror, God still speaks and creation must still respond.
Do not succumb to the unsteady nature of the world. Let God’s nature transform your mind and be the guiding light that keeps you in the will of He who created and called you. You were destined for today.