“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;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made
in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths
of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
I have found over the course of this life there is a battle for our identity with regard to our true value, worth, and sense of ultimate purpose as many competing thoughts, feelings, and perceptions jockey for position with this vital element of our relationship to God. The Bible does tell us that we were uniquely created, given spiritual gifts to use for God’s purposes, and that He has infinite knowledge of our lives as His immeasurably valued, unconditionally loved children. However, our life’s perspective can be marred by traumatic events, past experiences, false assumptions, and subtle lies of the enemy that we have believed about ourselves for so long that they hinder us from understanding how God intimately knows, sees, loves, and intends to use us for His glory and purposes.
Many of us were raised with certain expectations placed on us by others or plagued by misconceptions within our own minds about who we are (our true identity), as well as who or what we are going to become. Often those expectations are misleading, based on someone else’s unfulfilled expectations, our own misconceived ideas of who and what God desires for us to become, or are driven by those subtle lies from our enemy. This kind of inner turmoil within the human mind and heart creates a blurred filter through which we view ourselves and others, unable to clearly see how God truly sees us and what He desires for us as His beloved children. It is only the Lord, our Creator Himself, who is able to see with complete clarity who we were truly created to be as He works in and through all things in our lives for our good and His ultimate glory. (Romans 8:28)
The Psalmist David penned such words of assurance regarding God’s delight in creating us, His purpose for our lives, and the truth that the Lord has infinite knowledge of the exact number of our days here on earth. “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb....All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” In seasons when life appears completely upside down, and you wonder if God is working and still has plans for your life, believe in faith that He knows far more than we can possibly understand about what He desires to do in and through our lives. It is so often through the detours, crossroads, and the challenges of life that God accomplishes His greatest work within us, using some of our most difficult circumstances of pain and suffering to draw us into a closer relationship to Him than we’ve ever experienced in our faith journey before.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You today for being our Creator and the One who in infinite wisdom is the very “Author of Life” having complete knowledge of our days. As the Psalmist David wrote, “You knit us together in our mother’s womb…we are fearfully and wonderfully made” in Your image for Your glory and purposes. In Your knowledge of our days, we rest in assurance that You have great plans and purposes for our lives as we both surrender to and pursue Your will for us. Lord, You remind us of Your divine plans in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you...plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Furthermore, You reveal more of Your purpose for us in the Apostle Paul’s writing in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are (Your) masterpiece. Created new in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things (You) have already planned for us long ago.” (NLT) Father, may we walk in these truths today as Your beloved children having been uniquely created by You and for You, with tremendous value and purpose as we are continually being made new in Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.