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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Even My Flaws Can Bring Glory to God

In review of Psalm 139:14 it says, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous — how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14 NLT, second edition).

Bottom Line:
You have made me wonderfully complex, your workmanship is marvelous.

What this means to me:
God has made me uniquely for a purpose that I can only fulfil because of the way he made me (flaws and all). When I fulfill the purpose he has for me, I reveal his marvelous workmanship and bring glory to him.

Today's verse comes from the middle of Psalm 139. This is a psalm of David in which he details how God knows everything about us no matter where we are or where we're going. God knows our thoughts and words, even before we speak them. Even with such knowledge, God places his hand of blessing upon us.  There is no escaping God, no matter where I go or try to hide. Even in the darkness or secret places we are unable to hide from him.

Furthermore God made all of my delicate inner parts and making me wonderfully unique and complex. His workmanship is simply marvelous. God saw me before I was born and every day of my life was recorded in his book, every moment was laid out before it ever came to pass. How precious are God’s thoughts about me.

Therefore I ask God to help search and know my heart; test me daily and know my anxious thoughts. Then to point out anything that would offend him, and help guide and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

So when people are hurting, they need simple truth, not simplistic truth. It’s not enough to tell them to pray, read the Bible, or go to church. What they need is help in knowing how to make changes.

The first part of making changes in our lives starts with understanding our unique identity. It is difficult to become all that God created us to be until we embrace our identity; the unmistakably unique and flawed you that God made for a purpose.  We can’t be someone else.

Psalm 139:14 says, “You are wonderfully complex..”. So in order to fulfill God’s purpose, I need to look at every dimension of my life and understand the five factors that influence my identity. Then, I need to make the most of what I’ve been given. We may have all been given different parents, pains, problems, and potential, but ultimately each of us will be held accountable one day for what we did with those factors. I just need to play the hand I’m dealt.

The first factor that makes me who I am is my chemistry. This is my DNA, genes, hormones, and chemical makeup. Some are born with hypersensitivity; others have an extremely high tolerance for pain. Some have a low energy level; others are bouncing off the walls. Some have backs that are prone to fail, weak eyesight, or brittle bones. Some have low levels of oxytocin, a hormone that affects how to relate to other people.

What I’m learning is that there is no flaw that is sinful or shameful; it’s just the way God wired me! My gene’s have flaws that make me unique. Those flaws are part of my custom design, and God planned them for his purpose and glory.

I may never be able to make a change in my life or fulfill God’s purpose for my life until I understand that I am wonderfully complex and uniquely flawed for God’s glory.

The question for me to ponder today is: What will I do with the hand I’ve been dealt?