13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;
Did you know that God fashioned your days before you were born? Or that He created you in the womb and designed you as you are? What man shuns, God has designed as part of His perfect plan for you. We are dissatisfied with our appearance or abilities because we are looking at life from the perspective of human nature instead of eternity. The Apostle Paul lamented over a physical defect that caused him embarrassment. Paul even praised one church for not making his defect a reason to reject him. He felt it was a hindrance to his work and prayed three times for God to take it away. The answer of the Lord was, “This is of Me. My strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
Once the apostle determined to live by the Lord’s strength, he found that his weakness became an asset to his life and began rejoicing in it. You also were fashioned for God’s purpose – not for this world. When you stand before the Lord, you will be rewarded for faith, and how you walked according to God’s plan. What you may think is a weakness is actually God’s blessing. In the areas where you fall short, God stands strong. And His strength exceeds anything you can do for yourself. Or anything you can do for God.
Your days are also planned out ahead of time. Has life thrown you a curve? If not, it will. However, what catches us off guard doesn’t catch God off guard. In fact, the Lord designed life to bring you at this place – at this time. If you are struggling, it is because God is showing you how to be weak in human effort so His strength can be perfected in you. What we consider tragedies will be nothing when we look back from the perspective of eternity. Even pain will be nothing in our sight once we see life as it truly is meant to be.
Think about the sand of the ocean. How many grains of sand are there? Even scooping up a handful of sand is an innumerable number of grains. But stop and consider a beach and think about God’s plan. Countless are the thoughts God sorted through to plan your life and bring you into a place where He could give you the fullness of His Kingdom.
Each thought, each problem, each pain, and joy has been born out of the precious thoughts God has toward you. Most of the greatest plans cannot be seen until the entire plan unfolds. We may not be able to see beauty while standing in the sand of the desert, but at the end of the journey is the promises of God. The Lord is the rewarder of those who trust Him.
-For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
This is the promise of Psalm 139. Everything in your life is designed to lead you to God’s purpose and then guide you to His promises. Your days were fashioned – as was your life. If you walk by His leading, you will discover the joy of the journey in every circumstance, and you’ll have the joy of what awaits at the end of this journey!
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