Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
I’ve been thinking about this scripture today. The Lord is speaking to Jememiah about his calling as a prophet, but of particular interest to me is the Lord’s reference to forming Jeremiah in the belly.
Being pregnant and going to endless doctor’s appointments, taking special care and precautions, and just making all the sacrifices that come with pregnancy, it’s easy to feel like I’m doing all the work here. These words from the bible remind me that it’s the Lord, not me, who is the author of life. God says, “I formed thee in the belly”. It was true for Jeremiah and it is true for this little baby I’m carrying.
What an amazing principle taught in the bible. With all our modern medical advancements and all that we understand about the body and reproduction—down to the molecular level, it’s easy to forget that we are not in control. Mostly, we just stand back and watch His miracles unfold. This scripture brings the perspective that life is precious and purposeful and entirely in the hands of the Lord. It’s a comforting and humbling reminder.
Here’s some food for thought: If the Lord told Jeremiah that he was known and sanctified even from before his birth, doesn’t it make sense that the Lord knows and has a plan for every soul that is born? I think we are more loved and more precious than we know.