The believer comes to know Christ because like Jeremiah, our Father knew us long before we were formed in the belly (Jeremiah 1:5). You see, there is a purpose for everything that was ever created. For a seed to become a tree, a rock to become a mountain, and every man, woman and child that has ever lived on this planet to become a vessel of honor or dishonor. We are all purposed long before we are formed. That is the essence of election. Jeremiah was purposed to become the "weeping prophet" who would speak as the oracle of Jehovah. We come to Christ not because we felt it was time, but the fact that He choose us before we stepped into the world. And so in His infinite wisdom He awakens within us the reminder of our election. One need not look any further to this claim than in Romans chapter 9.
"11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Romans 9:11-13"Long before the children of Issac were born, God's plans were in motion. There was nothing their mother, father or either one of the boys could do that could change their fate. Now to be honest, there will be a lot of people who find fault with this. Yet you can't deny scripture. Humanity wants to feel that it has the ability to choose what it wants- and they are partially right. We do get to choose our sin over Christ, but only because God has defined his purpose on us from before the beginning of time. God is the one who sets us on our life's journey and it is He who calls upon the darkness of our hearts to reach out to Him.
This is why understanding His purpose in election is so necessary. While we deserve the punishment of being born into sinful flesh, had He left it to us, we would have continued in our pleasure in running from Him. However, because He is the one who "wills" us to Him before our creation, He knows that only He can pay the price of our sin- and that He does ever so majestically!
So in the end, the question really isn't what came first the chicken or the egg, rather it is, "What is God's purpose for my life?" And that is a question that gets answered as you walk in His election!