The Word of God declares in Jeremiah 1:5, “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.” Sounds powerful, right? Just to consider, God knew all about us before we were even conceived! That’s incredible. He knew all about my physicality, the shape of my nose, the texture of my hair, the shape of my eyes; he knew my mannerisms, the sound of my laughter, the desires of my heart, who I’d love. Isn’t it amazing to consider that those are just a few things about me, but he knows those elements and more for you, in fact, humanity in its entirety. Given the mistakes we’d make, and how many times we’d fall, he didn’t stop us from being born. He knew our purpose before we understood our beginning. The most horrific parts of our life, those things sent to take us out, were not diverted from us, because “he knew us.”
Circumstances, trials, disappointment and tragedy often paint a facade, prompting us to wonder if somehow parts of our life take God by surprise. Rest assured, nothing does. Consider Romans 8:29-30: “God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. After God made that decision of what his children should be like, he followed it up by calling people by name. After he called them by name, he set them on a solid basis with himself. And then, after getting them established, he stayed with them to the end, gloriously completing what he had begun.” Glory to God! Not only did “he knew,” but “he knows.”
Because “he knows,” we cannot take people, places or things personal. It’s not personal, it’s probable! Probable is defined by dictionary.com as, “likely to occur, or prove true; having more evidence for than against; affirming ground for belief. I really resonated with “having more evidence for than against.” I have more evidence of the manifestation of God’s love for me, his grace towards me, his mercy over me than I have difficulty. When things happening to me do not seem to be in my favor, and others appear to be exempt, the portion of me that is critically wounded questions, and feels as though “it’s personal.” Yet the Word of God doesn’t deal in personal, it deals in probable. Everything that the Lord said about me and quite frankly you, is likely to occur. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6) – Probable. “Commit to the Lord whatever you and he will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3) – Probable. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) – Probable. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9) – Probable!
God loves us! Sending Jesus the Christ to die on the cross for us was one of a personal nature for our probable existence. Whenever things don’t go as we hoped, or thought, or dare I say, even prayed, we mustn’t take it personal, it simply does not align with our probable. We can’t give up! We can’t take our ball and go home! We must stay in the game because the battle is already won. It was won at Calvary! No need to worry about a spoiler alert. We confidently know the end. It will be worth it! Yet, until we Get Our Mansion, we are due some blessings here on earth! As the enemy of your life attempts to show himself, causing doubt, casting fear and claiming victory, remind him of his defeat. Tell him, it ain’t personal, just probable!