What I had in mind was you

Today, as you go about your daily business, you will encounter people.

Depending on where you live it could be in the thousands of a busy city or the few of a country town.

Regardless, this planet has billions and billions of people of which you are one.

Often I think about this and the fact that God knows every one of us on a deeply intimate level. We are not a commodity product, a resource to managed, a number on a spreadsheet.

You as an individual are of incredible value to God.

Jesus put it this way

“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries. Luke 12: 6, 7 (The Message)

Do you have an internal bully that wants to shut down any sense of personal value and significance?

Our mental health can be storm-swept by both internal and external storms. The internal bully of thoughts that want to intimidate you into insignificance. Maybe it is others, literal bullies, who try to define you according to their insecurities.

Into this the God, who loves canaries, steps in and has a conversation with the son of a priest.

“Before I shaped you in the womb,
    I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
    I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
    that’s what I had in mind for you.” Jeremiah 1:5

What God had in mind, even before Jeremiah was conceived, was Jeremiah, was purpose, was significance.

It is impossible to get our human thinking around this concept of God knowing us before conception. We are so limited in our understanding of time.

What God had in mind was you.

Have a look at this slide share from a recent message I gave on this passage.

What i had in mind from Barry Pearman

In one word what does God knowing you before your conception speak to you of? Leave a comment below.

 

Barry Pearman

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3 Replies to “What I had in mind was you”

  1. Hi Barry
    I seem to have an internal bully at the moment trying to reduce me down to a bad person who does so much wrong. So thank you for these words of encouragement. And for making me remember God chose me first and He loves unconditionally.

    1. Thanks Doreen, that internal bully needs to hear that your worth is not tied into what you do but to who you are in the heart of God – Loved, cherished and deeply valued. Grace and peace

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