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Friday, July 21, 2006

Handmade by God

Have you ever stopped to think about whom you are and what God made you to be? And have you ever really thanked God for making you just the way He did?

Most of us don't like who we are right now. Most of us would rather be someone different. We wish we could step into someone's shoes and be another person who is totally different from whom we are right now.

There are some people who consider themselves as "failures." They think that they haven't got any talent or special ability. They think that they are a "mistake."
But that's not true.

"Fearfully and Wonderfully Made"

Psalms 139:13, 14 says: "You knit me together in my mother's womb; I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

Isn't that a wonderful verse!
Whenever I see a baby, I always feel a breathless awe of how the baby looks. Every little finger and toe...and the tiny heart beat! Only God could have done that! Only God can "knit" each piece into place.
God created you; He formed you, and knew everything about you even before you were born. He knew what you were going to look like and He designed you with special gifts and talents that He wants us to use for Him (Romans 12: 6, 1Peter 4:10).

"Accepted - Failures and All"
God knows your strengths and weaknesses. He accepts you as you are, despite your failures, your mistakes, and the times you give up. He forgives you if you sin against Him (1 John 1:9).
Everyone fails, one way or another. But in spite of that, God will never give up on you. He will never reject you or turn His back on you. He is always there to help you up when you fall; He is always there to give you the strength you need. Isaiah 41:10 says: "...I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee..."

"Shaped to Serve God"
Up to now, God is still shaping you to be more like Him. The Potter lovingly molds you into the shape He had in mind (Isaiah 64:8). All the trials and difficulties that you are experiencing now are molding you into the person God wants you to be.
You weren't "just made"; you were made for a purpose - a special purpose - and shaped to serve God with your talents.

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I don't deny the fact that there are still times when I wish that God had made me someone else - someone who was more patient and didn't lose her temper so easily.

It is hard to accept who you are sometimes. We're imperfect. We make mistakes. We fail and come short of everyone's expectations. Yet God made us just as we are and in spite of all our terrible faults, He sees us as beautiful.

God made you who you are. He formed you to be who you are, and He is still forming you to be more like Him.
So, the next time you wish you were someone else, remember Psalms 139:13, 14. And remember that you were handmade by God.

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