“The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.”
Isaiah had a similar conviction to that of Jeremiah, that the Lord called him before he was even born, that before his birth, God had a special plan for him. Jeremiah says,
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
“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.”
What Isaiah and Jeremiah believed was true for them is also, I believe, true for us. First, God knows us and shapes us before we are even born. We discovered this same truth in Psalm 139….
For it was you who formed my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
all the days that were formed for me,
when none of them as yet existed.
The second thing we see here is that God has a special plan for each one of us. Part of the joy of life is discovering that plan and purpose that God has for us. However, before we discover it, there is meaning in simply knowing that there is a plan, and that we have a purpose. So it really is true…God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives.