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Friday, May 2, 2014

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A few years back I found myself in a situation similar to that of Israel at the time of the writing of the book of Jeremiah.

Raised in Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa and also in Indonesia by Adventist missionary parents, I had learned the importance of seeking God’s leading from the moments that I had taken my first steps.  Like the Israelites, I had witnessed miraculous answers to prayer in the wilderness, including during an independence war in Rhodesia, before finally reaching the “Home Land” at the age of 15 when my American parents moved back to the United States.

When I was chafing at what I thought were as the confining boundaries of God’s law, I severed all ties with God and at the age of 23 struck out on my own in Russia.
However, ten years later I realized that life without God was worse.  So I earnestly began to seek God’s will for the first time in my life.  Bitterly, I looked back on 33 wasted years and wondered whether God had any use left for me.

God’s words to Jeremiah could have been meant just for me: “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” (Jeremiah 1:5, NKJV).

Before each of us grew in our mother’s womb, God knew us.  Before we were born, God blessed us and called on us to share a message of repentance from sin and of hope in His soon return.

Prayer that each of us can pray:  “Dear God, thank you for anticipating my existence before my parents even thought about having a child.  Thank you for blessing me in my mother’s womb.  Bless me today as I seek to share Your message of repentance and hope though my ordinary deeds.  Let my actions be a living sermon of You.  Amen.”

Andrew McChesney
Journalist in Russia