The prophet Jeremiah was concerned about the task before him. He felt he was unqualified and unseasoned (1:6). He was wrestling with fears (1:8). Whether or not we preach the gospel, as Christians living in this world we can relate to how hard it can be to stand up for Jesus.
The “omniscient” (all-knowing) God makes three statements about the as yet unborn Jeremiah. The God who sees the future as though looking at the past (cf. Isa. 46:10) says some things about Jeremiah before he was placed in his parents’ arms. Consider three things God tells Jeremiah to reassure him and that bear relevance to us today.
God knew him. This seems to be specific and personal. How exciting to think that God sees us, as our hair, organs, bones and features develop, and knows who we are.
God set him apart. He says, “I consecrated you.” Some in religious error have made too much of this, teaching that God chooses us against our will and arbitrarily decides whether we are saved or lost. God is simply saying, “I had you in mind to work for me.” Isn’t it incredible to think that God thinks so much of us as to give us work to do. The Great Commission confirms that God thinks that way about you and me, too (cf. Mark 16:15).
God gave him a job. He says, “I appointed you.” Does God determine your occupation, location, and station in life? I cannot answer for Him, but He says that Jeremiah was appointed a prophet. Jeremiah could have exercised free will and rejected the assignment, but that does not negate what God saw for him. I know that Paul says we have differing abilities (cf. Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 12:4ff). Observation says that we have different personalities, temperaments, and characteristics. Whatever that is, we are all well-suited to serve some way in God’s kingdom. The question then only remains, “Will we do our job?”
God is not detached and unconcerned about this world or the seven-plus billion people currently inhabiting it. We can deduce that from the way He spoke of just one man who died over 2,500 years ago. It is another proof of God’s desire to “relate” to us. It should move us to want to “relate” to Him.