“Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you. Before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” (WEB)
This is one of the those Bible verses that speaks of our Father's intimate knowledge of us even before we were conceived. In Ephesians 1:3-6 Paul says that God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world! If you want to read more about how much God knows you, read King David's account in Psalm 139. He declares that God knows everything about him. When he sits up and when he lies down. David goes on to say that there is no place that he could go to escape the loving presence of God!
So what does this mean? How could God know us before we were even conceived? How could He choose us before the foundations of the world? Well, I am happy to say that I don't have the answer! Such things are too wonderful for me to comprehend. However, the best explanation that I have heard of Jeremiah 1:5 comes from a good friend of mine, James Jordan and this is how he explains it (in my own words).
Before an architect builds a building, he first has to design it. Before his masterpiece is put on paper, he carries the design in his mind and in his heart. It is the same way with us and our heavenly Father. Before we were even conceived, He carried us within His heart until the day that He could knit us together in our mother's womb (Psalm 139:13).
Our Father has always been intimately involved in your life. He has even taken the time to number every hair on your head! My prayer today is that we would all know this through and through and not feel alone in this world.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ; 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and without blemish before him in love; 5 having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his desire, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he freely bestowed favor on us in the Beloved, (WEB).