Short Meds in ‘Living the Life’: 23. Foreknown
Rom 8:29a “those God FOREKNEW.”
“Haven’t we met somewhere before?” Have you ever heard that, perhaps from a stranger at some gathering? For humans, we know someone when we have met them before, but with God it is different. When we came to Christ, we converted, were born again, call it what you will, we started off on a pilgrimage of learning about God. We perhaps had presuppositions about God that were wrong and needed relearning. We were embarking on a walk with One we knew so little about and so it was a life of learning, but from God’s side it was completely different – He already knew everything there is to know about us, everything!
We see it in Jeremiah when the Lord says to him, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jer 1:5) The apostle Paul had the same sense when he spoke of God “who set me apart from my mother’s womb.” (Gal 1:15) When the angel came to Gideon he addressed him, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” (Judg 6:12) Gideon struggled with that and when you look at the context you see why, but the truth was that the Lord knew him, knew everything about him, way before this conversation started, knew his background, knew what he was feeling and knew what he felt about himself – he was no mighty warrior, that was just not him!
We’re looking at the same thing we’ve been considering in recent studies, but from a slightly different angle. When Moses argued with God (Ex 3 & 4) he maintained that he wasn’t up to the calling. What he didn’t realise was that God knew all about him, knew he was a failed prince of Egypt, a long-term shepherd and (MOST IMPORTANTLY) what He could achieve through him. At that was the same truth about Gideon, the Lord knew he had the potential, with God’s help, to be a mighty warrior.
That’s an encouragement isn’t it. It doesn’t matter how big a failure we feel (or if we have points of past history when guilt and failure lurk, just waiting to bound out and devour our faith), it doesn’t matter if we feel recent years have been a waste of time, is it possible that our time is about to come, that you have been lined up by God “for such a time as this”? (Esth 4:14) Maybe we didn’t see this year coming but are we game to stop arguing and let God do His thing through us? Because of the Pandemic of 2020-21 many of us felt almost crushed by the fears and doubts and uncertainties that came with the Pandemic, the feelings of frustration and worry that came with lock-downs and whether we still feel that or those feelings have diminished a bit, we need to remember when the Lord called us He knew everything about us, how we would handle or perhaps not handle that time well, but He was not put off by what He saw, He knew us and knew our potential what we could rise to, and indeed what we could be molded into by the Pandemic so we would come out the other side with the glory of the Lord inside these pots of clay (2 Cor 4:7) shining more brightly. |He knew how He could get us to shine more brightly. Take courage by that, be reassured by that and be blessed.