Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that the Lord God Almighty, Creator of the universe, thought about and took the time to shape and fashion your life? He orchestrated every minute detail of you—your personality, gifts, abilities, appearance . . . and even your struggles and challenges. He is a Masterful Artist, and when He made you, He created a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
I’m writing this to remind you—and myself—of that truth, His truth. That’s because recently I’ve fallen into the trap of comparing myself to others. Have you ever done that? Have you ever lined up your weaknesses against someone who seems like a superstar in those areas . . . and felt, well, less than someone else?
Well, when those feelings come, we have to recognize that they are not from God! And we need to reaffirm and speak over our lives what He has to say about us:
We are uniquely and lovingly designed by God
We are told we are the Lord’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). He fashioned and formed us, and we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14, NASB). He thought about us and intentionally and specifically shaped us as individuals. He is God, and His designs are perfect.
The Lord delights in us as He made us
We are God’s children (John 1:12), and as such, He delights in us (Ps. 22:8). He rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). We are precious to Him. Just as an earthly parent sees and appreciates the unique traits of each of their children, so too the Lord knows and values the individual qualities He has sown into our lives.
The Lord has purpose in our uniqueness
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB). We remain unique because the Lord wants to move through each of our lives in individualized ways to impact the world for His purposes. And one of His purposes is “So that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He [God]” (Isaiah 43:10, NASB). We get to see glimpses of who God is in the different qualities of the people He has made. That’s the only comparison worth making!
So we can and must choose to be who God made us to be. He knows what He’s doing. He has great plans for our lives, and we get the great joy of walking out those plans with Him.
Question: How has the Lord fashioned your life, and how are you seeing those traits being used for His glory? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King