Words from the Heart for Monday July 26th, 2021
The Lord gave me this message: “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:4-5 (NLT)
I Formed You
Early in the 20th century, Ontario had an increasingly diverse population, the wild mining and railway construction camps in the north and lawlessness along the US/Canada border in the south. As a result, the provincial government formed the Ontario Provincial Police, which came into existence on October 13, 1909. At the time of its creation, major OPP duties included investigating serious crime, enforcing the Games Protection Act, maintaining peace in mining frontiers, and guarding border points from entry by illegal immigrants.
The story of Pinocchio tells us about a woodworker who crafts a puppet. The woodworker wanted a son and the puppet wanted to be a real boy. Through a series of events, both get their wishes granted. The Bible tells us that in the case of every human being, God has formed us. Jeremiah 1:4-5 says “The Lord gave me this message: ‘I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.’” God was at work in Jeremiah’s life even before he was born, both physically and spiritually. He formed Jeremiah physically so he could fulfill God’s plan for his life. He has done the same for you. He created you for all that He has for you to be, first, and then to do. He continues to form us after we are born, and will continue to do so until we reach perfection in Glory. In the meantime, it is exciting to see how God is working in our lives. This isn’t always pleasant but even through the challenging times, look to see how God is forming you and using you.
These have been words from the heart.