Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
A life with a message
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made...(v. 14)" We go through each day pressing towards a goal, whether it be in the workplace, education, or personal life -- we are all trying to become this image of ourselves that we perceive in our minds. But here David states, we are already fearfully and wonderfully made. That God has seen us with His eyes even before we were formed in our mother's womb. Praise God for that! Because the burden of trying to be something is taken off our shoulders, God has already formed us, not just plainly, but wonderfully. As Christians, we know this truth.
We know that God has formed us, has a plan for us, and wants to guide us to be the vessel he wants us to be. But what happens? We get so caught up in the world around us, we start forming our own image of who we should be. We try and hide from God, avoid His plans, turn our ear from His voice. David proclaimed "If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there (v. 8)," therefore, we too must realize that God's presence is always with us. God will never forsake us. Even when we fail, when we try and run away -- God is still there waiting with open arms. His presence is everlasting. As the year comes to an end many workplaces undergo an evaluation of this past years progress, to see what the company, what each individual employee has made of themselves. We are eager to see what our boss has to say about us, what the experts have to say about the company. But as Christians, are we eager to hear what God has to say about us? In the depths of our hearts can we truly say that God's thoughts are precious to us? (v. 17)
We strive for approval and hear what others have to say about us because we value their opinion, but do we consider worthy the thoughts of Our Maker? As we reflect on this past year, no matter what situation came our way, did we portray God's glory through our lives at all times? Can we earnestly ask God to search our hearts and examine us? We are sinners, yet God still loves us with an unconditional and unfailing love. So when we feel hopeless and unworthy, let us remember that it is GOD who created us, and he created us fearfully AND wonderfully. So let us boldly ask God to search every part of our hearts and the thoughts of our minds. But do not stop there -- just as David prayed, let us also join with him and ask God to "see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (v. 24)." Let us strive to be the wonderful creation He has intended for us to be.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you and praise You for crafting us with so much love and care, creating us to reflect Your perfect image. Amen.
Thought of the day: When we look in the mirror, do we see the fearfulness and wonder God poured into us when He created us?
Lisa Alex, St Thomas MTC, NY