Fearfully And Wonderfully Made…
For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
Have you ever wondered why you are like you are? I often get frustrated with myself because of my quirks and foibles; my weaknesses that often trip me up. I have also frequently frustrated, offended and angered my parents, husband, children and bosses because of these tendencies I have.
I am a mixture of my ancestors with the influence of the Holy Spirit gaining control. Even with all my human soul-ish-ness the Lord continues to use me, to work through me, to mold me into what I need to be. When I open my mouth in His name, He fills it with what others need to hear – if I’m willing to let Him!
Why am I made the way I am? Couldn’t God use me more efficiently if I didn’t have this “fear of man” and this mouth that can say hurtful things? Along with the apostle Paul, I want to glory in my weaknesses because when I am weak, God is strong. God has made each of us uniquely and put us in just the place He needs us to work for the furthering of His kingdom. Allow Him to tune you to be His perfect instrument; deal with your sin-parts, and use you as He meant you to be used.
We spend so much time envying others. We wish we were more like so-and-so; they seem to have it all together and be doing such a good job for the kingdom! The Lord often graciously lets me see the chinks in others’ armor and the problems in their lives. I come to the realization that they aren’t any more perfect than I am. The older I get and the closer to the Lord I get, the more comfortable I get that God is in charge.
I continually bring everything before God’s throne of grace and ask Him to do what needs to be done to use me, His flawed, redeemed creation. I am so glad I can count on Christ Jesus’ righteousness; in God’s eyes, Christ in me means I look like Jesus to Him. I claim as Paul did: “Not by works of righteousness which I have done; but according to His mercy He saved me; by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost”
Each of us is uniquely created for the plans and purposes God made us for. In other words, we have no worldly excuse not to go forward in His strength and do our part as we ask: Lord, Not my will, but Yours be done; on Earth as it is in Heaven, Amen!