Daily Devotional 5-13-19

You Are Mine

“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 1:5
 
Life has a way of drawing you into a sea of negativity, sucking up your healthy perspective. You become your own worse critic, cutting yourself with the knife of self-pity until you bleed all your positive energy out. For others, they consider themselves an afterthought, who have a miniscule of self-worth. They do not think they deserve anything better. For most of these people, life has little meaning or purpose. They see their lives as happenstance.
 
In today’s text, God is about to commission the little boy, Jeremiah, into the prophetic ministry.  Simply put, God was going to empower and send Jeremiah to preach his word to the Israelites. From the onset, God discloses himself as the origin and the source of Jeremiah’s life. He also reveals Jeremiah’s purpose to him. This revelation was very crucial for the young prophet. He needed a firm footing and a healthy perspective of himself, for many would question the source of his authority and message, since he was but a young boy. Many, including the religious, might disdain and despise him for his youthfulness. Therefore, he needed a source of confidence to face the world to which he was about to be sent.
 
The omniscient God tells Jeremiah that he had knowledge of him before he was even conceived in his mother’s womb. God tells him again that before he was born he had already been set aside for a divine purpose—to be a prophet to the nations. In effect, God was telling this young prophet that he was not an afterthought. Jeremiah’s life was not determined by his parents. They were only used as instruments to bring him into the world.
 
You are not an accident. You are God’s masterpiece, and you were created in his image, for his glory. Just like Jeremiah, God knew you before you were formed and brought forth. God was intentional about you. You reflect the intelligence and creativity of God.
 
Every child of God was created with a purpose, and you can discover that purpose and meaning when you align yourself with Christ. The moment you get right in your relationship with Christ, you begin a journey of discovering your identity, meaning, and purpose in life. I encourage you to rise above every negativity, emotional injury and wound. God knows and loves you.
 
PRAYER: Father, I ask for healing from the emotional and psychological wounds I have endured. Free me to see my life as you see it, that I may appreciate your goodness, and live to glorify you.