I AM WHO I AM

A few years ago I offered a discussion on how God, in his love for each of us individually, made deliberate effort to design each of us to His purposes.  I quoted Psalm 139, verses 13 and 14 where David proclaimed, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made “.

I realized that I was leaving a lot unsaid regarding the end product we find in ourselves and the rest of humanity, but too often I find these weekly offerings longer than what is advisable to keep your interest. Grist for another mill.

What I left unsaid was that although some of us are content with how God has designed us, many are not.  Along with the physical makeup of our bodies, our good looks or the lack thereof, our personality, artistic abilities, level of intelligence, emotional stability, and everything else that defines us, were all part of the knitting God did.

We might ask how is it that God would knit a person who becomes a despotic dictator, a murderer, or a child molester.  God did not design anyone to prey on or to oppress their neighbor.  God is love – pure love – eternal love.  If we could insert a picture of God in the dictionary beside the word love all the text could be deleted.  He is the ultimate and complete definition of love, and He not only would not, but He could not be true to Himself and design one of His creation with anything but love; the same degree and level of love that He knit you and me.  Those who prey on people are that way because of choices they made, not that God made them that way.  Such is the curse of ‘free will’.

Another obvious question from some might be, “If God took such great pains to ‘knit’ each person how is it that we have children born with physical and mental disabilities?”  My friends I wish I could give a wise and insightful answer to that question.  My best understanding of that issue is that when sin entered into the world with the transgressions of Adam and Eve, part of that sin includes the physical, mental, and emotional maladies we face today.

What I do know is that God does not make mistakes. We say that a child born with mental or physical disabilities is less than what we term as whole.  Perhaps our terminology needs revamping. Let me say again, God does not make mistakes! They are whole to Him and designed for His glory.  Perhaps the challenged child is that ‘thorn in the side’ to keep grounded a parent who may have been inclined otherwise, or a magnet to draw us closer to Him, knowing that of and by ourselves we cannot deal with such tragedy.  We must run to Him for solace and comfort, we must trust Him for the answers we cannot find on our own.

Here the often quoted verse, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28), may be the only answer we will get this side of Glory.

What is hard for many of us who claim to walk in faith is that the God who created us, and called us to Himself, is the same God who created those we consider inferior, substandard, and contrary to our preconceived notions of what is beautiful, or normal, or whole, or even acceptable.  Too often we choose to reject God’s workmanship.  Too often we propose to ‘make more beautiful’ what He intended in His design.

To wish you were brave (as did Gideon and Isaiah), or eloquent (Moses and Paul) is to desire to upstage God’s design.  To wish you were less aggressive or more bold, to wish you were blond or redheaded (or even had hair), to wish you were glib and articulate of speech, is to usurp the sovereignty of God and His Kingdom plans.  Not to say we cannot and should not present ourselves and train ourselves to be the very best representative of Christ that we can, but if red hair or articulate speech does not translate to furthering His message – to Kingdom business…..then whom do we idolize?

I don’t like ending this devotional on a down note so allow me to quote some of the 33rd Psalm.

13. The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.
14. From the place of His dwelling He looks on all the inhabitants of the earth;
15. He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works.

He considers our works.  He knows our hearts.  We won’t hear “Well done, good and faithful servant!” in response to anything other than Kingdom business.  Revel in what God has made in you.  Stand tall and be filled with joy at who you are in Christ, knowing you are the way you are because God wanted it that way.

When Moses asked God who he should tell the Israelites had sent him to them, God said, “I AM WHO I AM.” We should be as bold.  I am who I am because is suited my King for me to be this way.

Until next time, may God bless you and yours and may you be a blessing to someone else.

 

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