Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”            Jer. 1:4,5  NKJV

Much has been written about the prophet Jeremiah. About how he served his God as a Prophet to the nations and saw very little in the way of fruit for his labors.For someone called to be a prophet before he was even born he knew little except hardship,disappointment, and torment his entire life.No royal attire for him,no dinners at the king’s table,no respect of his peers.

Very different than what we see today where the name of the game is to identify ones self with God in order to gain materialistically,yet shun any part of the refiners fire.The fire that cleanses from the inside out,and shapes the very character of a man until he is fit to be called a servant of the Most High God.

Serving God can be like that when you have His call upon your life.Jeremiah understood this all too well.

Funny thing,this calling.For those unfamiliar with what this means the simplest way to describe it would be to say that it is something like a voice inside of you that there is no escape from.A voice that calls you to holiness and a right relationship with the Almighty.

It compels you onward when every fiber in your being screams “GIVE UP”! It is an unseen force that you know is there because in the worst of times it somehow sustains you.I can only imagine how many times Jeremiah wanted to quit because I have felt that way more times than I can remember.

Haven’t you?

A calling is ever present,whether in the slime pit, the pulpit or on the job.This presence,or calling is a fire shut up in the bones of the one who has an unction from the Lord to go forth and speak what must be said.

In spite of the lack of support from those who know better.

In spite of the fact that it would be so much easier to just walk away.

Except that you cannot just walk away. Not from the call. Not from something so holy.To do so would mean acknowledging that God cannot do what He said He would do.And we know better than that.

Are we to believe that God does not know every one of us just as He knew Jeremiah? Are we to believe that God did not form us in the womb and ordain our steps long before we breathed our very first breath?

Sorry…I’m too long into this journey to ever doubt that my steps are not ordained of the Lord.

I’ve been through far too much to ever doubt that only God and God alone could have taken me through the barren,dry deserts I have passed through.

No,God knew us long before we were formed. And He also KNOWS us,as in the right now.Everything about us.So much so that Jesus declared that the very hairs of our heads were numbered(Matt.10:30).

In spite of the many failures and shortcomings too numerous to recall,the calling of God drives me.It speaks to me in the early hours of the day to square my shoulders and take a stand.And I am persuaded that you sense it as well.

For you also have walked the deserts of sickness and pain.You too have felt the immense pain of abuse and abandonment.You’ve been there in that dark, lonely place where the only answer to your cries was the sound of silence.

But that still small voice,that call from the One who knows you better than you could ever hope to know yourself urges you onward.Urges you to take a stand and claim victory in Jesus name.

Our identity may be defined by the world as Mom & Dad,or Doctor,or Lawyer.But our true identity is hidden in the comfort of knowing that He has called us,and if He has called us He will sustain us through every season.

Be blessed

Ron

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