Fearfully & Wonderfully Made is a series of devotions. Click here to read her other posts.
“Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made!” Psalm 139: 13-14
One of the places we can find God and learn something about God’s character and His abilities is in looking at what He created. Some of the early Christians seemed to abandon the sacredness of Creation in order to separate themselves from the pagans and spiritists who worshiped nature. But some modern-day Christians have abandoned the sacredness of the created world as well. I like to say we have “-ologized” it to death—technology, geology, biology, meteorology, et al.
Maybe it’s time we looked at the created world again and discovered its wonder – especially the wonder of the human being. God invested His great, creative Self in this world, especially in the design of our bodies. And frankly, I think that’s worth pondering. I hope you’ve done that in this series of devotionals.
I leave you with four thoughts:
- You are uniquely, fearfully, and wonderfully made.
- You don’t have a soul. You ARE a SOUL. It is your SELF, made up of what you think, what you feel, and what you do.
- Your DNA, your fingerprint, and your soulprint are like no one else’s.
- You are God-created, God-loved, and God-redeemed.
It’s fine to marvel at the mountains and the waves of the sea and the courses of the river and the heavens and stars, but never, ever stop wondering about how fearfully and wonderfully made you truly are, and that you were created as God’s – God’s beloved. How marvelous is that?
So how do we respond? Paul the Apostle gives us good instruction in Romans 12.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Prayer: Father, I am so grateful that you thought of me. You made me in your image and with a purpose that only I can fulfill. Help me, Lord, to see you, to hear you, and to use this wonderful body you gave me to serve you and others. Thank you that because of your great sacrifice I can look forward to living with you for eternity. Amen.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofit boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.