As I have mentioned before, the older I get the more I sort of stumble over scriptures I have read for years. It’s like tripping over a rock, looking down and realizing I did not see it, but there it is. My latest stumble was in Gal. 1:15–“But when God, who from my mother’s womb set me apart and called me by his grace…” Before Paul was born, God set him apart.
Right before Paul talked about his mother’s womb he mentioned He was trying to destroy the church— lay waste, make havoc, ravage and overthrow.. The church or Jesus, was his enemy and yet God set Paul apart before he was born, to serve Him. Why didn’t God call Paul before he began to destroy the church? Paul put many believers in jail, even had some killed. He ruined lives. In 1 Tim. , as Paul looked back on his life, he called himself a blasphemer and arrogant man. I am not sure about God’s timing, only that I know it was His timing so there must have been a God reason on that day Paul was blinded and called to serve Him.
God knew Paul before He was born but waited to call Him until he had tried to destroy the church. What about us? Did God know us before we were born? Or was this only Paul? Ephesians 1:5 says, “He predestined us to be adopted as sons….” In Isaiah 49, “The Lord called me before I was born…” Jer 1:5:”I chose you before I formed you in the womb…” Romans 8:30:”And those He predestined , He called…”. My conclusion from just these few scriptures,(there are more), is that God knew all of us before the womb. He has a time for each of us, a time He will call us. Maybe He will not knock us down and blind us for three days, but He might actually do something similar. That may have been what Paul needed to get his attention and turn from destroying the church.
In 2 Tim 1:9, it says, “He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” Before time began–a long way back. I will close with this picture that came to me as I was contemplating this blog.
God is inside this big house. There is a door. We walk by this door at a certain time in our lives, mainly because God causes/draws us to walk by. He sees us through the door and says, “there is my son/daughter whom I knew before they were born. It is time, my child, come to me through this door.” The door is Jesus. We hear him and walk through by faith.
“Welcome home, my child!”