In an article about cosmetic surgery in Saudi Arabia, Denise Chow of the Daily News writes a shocking report. In a country that is dominated by religio-political ideologies, it was surprising to read that in the capital city of Riyadh, there are “35 plastic surgery centers.” It would have been understandable if these centers were permitted to be erected for the purpose of restructuring the deformed parts of individuals who were involved in some type of accident or perhaps disfigured from birth. However, this is not the case. Chow writes that “liposuctions, breast augmentations, and nose jobs were the most popular procedures among women” according to a recent study. These changes were done as an attempt to improve self. Is the Christian world any different?
Most Christians would not spend money to restruct their physical appearance in such a dramatical way as cosmetic surgery provides. But however, they are willing to make some changes, and even wish that they resemble others. Few may have consider the verse found in Jeremiah 1:5 as being significant to how they view their physical form. This verse is typically labeled as part of the prophetic call narrative and pushed aside as insignificant to contemporary understanding. However in God’s call to the prophet Jeremiah, He reveal His in-depth knowledge of the form, the person, and mission of the prophet. What concerns us at this points is God’s opening declaration which reads: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.”
In this statement God reveal primarily His knowledge of mankind–specifically Jeremiah–prior to their birth. The word “form” [heb.yatsar] is used to reference to the formation of Adam and the animals (Gen. 2:7,8; 2:19), but it is also used to speak of imagination–meaning “purpose” or “intellectual framework” (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Deut. 31:21; 1 Chron. 28:19). Our appearance upon this earth as the individuals that we are is no mere accident and did not occur without the fore-knowledge and permission of an omniscient God. What we sometimes view as flaws in our physical make-up were evaluated before our birth and concluded to be worthy enough to glorify God in whatever position in life that He had plan. Are you comfortable with yourself?