Lately, a lot of unexpected things have come up in my life which have kept me from being able to write my weekly word of encouragement. In fact, I am once again getting to the end of my week with many more items in the yet-to-be-completed stage than ones that are crossed off my list. With that in mind, I’ll endeavor to do something at which I don’t usually succeed – be brief. As any Baptist pastor knows, anything worth saying should never take less than thirty minutes!
This morning I am reminded of the words of Psalm 139:14 which tells us that we, as God’s children, are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” The Texas version of this verse is slightly more colloquial – “God don’t make no junk.” (My English teacher mother just shuddered!) However you choose to say it, the truth remains the same; God knew what He was doing when He made you and me and He didn’t make a mistake!
The question I want us to consider today is this: Why don’t we spend more time trying to see ourselves the way God sees us? Yes, we make mistakes and often times, through sin, we miss the mark of God’s will for us. However, what we can too easily overlook is the fact that not only did God create each of us in the exact way He had planned, but through Christ, all of those shortcomings and personal failings have been covered over and redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
When God looks at you, He doesn’t call you by the name of your sins or point out all the things you don’t like about yourself. He doesn’t say, “You look fat today” or “I know how bad you messed up yesterday and I know you’re going to mess up again today.” Let me repeat myself – those words DO NOT come from God! Instead, what God does see is His precious child whom He dearly loves. He made us and saved us for a purpose, and He calls us “sons” and “daughters.” Yes, it’s true that it doesn’t bring Him pleasure when you or I act in disobedience, but by His grace and mercy, His love for us is not diminished one iota even when we fail for the thousandth time.
I’d like to conclude this short word with a verse and video. I pray that today you live in the glorious knowledge of just how precious you are in His sight.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8–10, NIV)