Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
When I started medical practice after my graduation, it was a great thrill to be addressed as Doctor! Now after fifty years of practice, it has become my name. It feels strange (to me) to be addressed by name without the doctor in front. I am the doctor. Did I choose to be a doctor? Yes! Will I do it again? Yes! Jeremiah gave a new perspective on this. Did he become a prophet? Yes, he did. Did he want to be a prophet? Yes, he did, abate reluctantly at first. Initially, it seems like our choice that made us who we are. On closer examination of what Jeremiah wrote, it seems that it was God who created us, chose us, and send us to be what we are now. So becoming a prophet should not be a surprise to Jeremiah. God created Jeremiah to be a prophet; he equipped and sent him forth to an unwary Israel. What about us. Did God chose us to be who we are now, equipped us and sent us forth? I believe he did. We are not here by accident but by divine planning even before creation. There must be times when we look around our working environment and wonder if we are in the right place, or even in the right profession! Jeremiah must have felt the same way! What we can learn from Jeremiah s that he stuck to his calling with honesty and integrity in a hostile environment, just doing what has created him to do. What about us? Can we do less?
Further reading: Jeremiah 25:3-5
Prayer: God, help us to be who you have created us to be and do what you have chosen us to do.