Your eyes saw my unformed body; all my days were written in Your book and ordained for me before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:16
In the original, the word “unformed” means He saw us in our embryonic state while still in the womb. Even more than that He know us before the foundation.
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: – Eph. 1:4
God has known us before time in eternity. I’m still trying to fathom the depths of an eternal God. It is impossible to grasp “eternity”. With us working in a finite realm we know nothing if anything about the past before our birth and know little of what is to be other than the promises of God.
I’m certain most of us consider what has been and may be at some point in time. Then in eternity what does time have to do with anything? That is the crux of the matter. We should try to meditate on what eternity has to show us in every way possible.
For one thing, with God operating from an infinite realm to His people in a finite realm which demands meditation. For Him to say He knew us before the formation of the world is an easy statement because everything is reality to Him is His realm. Of couse He knows perfectly well how the finite realm works. When He makes statements to His own of knowing us before the foundation of the world is a “wow” moment to us.
All my life I have thought of this example for comparison. Space. The realm beyond the atmosphere of this earth I speak of. It is never-ending. It never stops. It is a continuing realm with no end. . .ever. But take a moment and think if there was an end to space, what is on the other side of the end of space? We can place a quantity on an area and time to it, but it’s useless. There is even talk of parallel universes. Grasping the ideas and conceptions of space are mind-boggling. This is how God is preceived by at least myself and I’m sure others somewhere in this world.
With this in mind, it puts things in perspective for me how God knew you and me before the foundation of the world. Even “before” is a time word. But looking at this from God’s vantage point I see no reason why He should not have known me before He formed the world.
So to sum it up. He knows you. He knows your frame. He made you with purpose. You were not a mistake. Seek Him and He will show you your purpose.