God Made Me Who I Am
God Made Me Who I Am
Many times in our life we wonder who we are why we were made in such a way, and wonder why we do some of the things that we do. But we must realize that God created us the way that He wanted us and God does not make mistakes or junk. David wrote in: Psalm 139:13–16 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Individuals that have physical or mental impairments whether they are major or minor disabilities cause those individuals great heartache. They may struggle with God over the disability and limitations that exist in their lives. People that have no disability struggle with problems of physical appearance and other attributes that they feel are inappropriate. Their ears are too big or their noses are too long, or their body does not have normal proportions as they feel would be appropriate. Other people struggle with temperamental or emotional traits that caused them great anguish. Others struggle with unavoidable environmental and hereditary factors which they have no control of in their life. People struggle to accept themselves as they are and many times are unable to accept their situation. They feel that life is one continuous adversity, not from outside circumstances, but from within themselves. It is difficult to realize their greatest need is to “Trust God for who I am”.
Take a look again at verses 14 and 15 of Psalm 139. We are taught in this passage that we are who we are because God created us the way we are, not because of an impersonal biological process. Note in the verse “you knitted me together in my mother’s womb”. David pictures God as a master weaver at work in our mother’s womb creating us just as He created Adam out of the dust of the earth. David was aware of the biological process that God used to bring him into this world. He teaches us that God was involved in fashioning each of us into the person God wanted us to be.
In verse 13 David states “For you formed my inner parts”. The Hebrew word for “inner parts” is literally kidneys a word used to express the seat of longing and desires, or the center of the motions and a moral sensitivity. David is saying God created his personality. God created David’s physical body, God also created David’s personality. David has the personality, the physically, mentally and emotionally attributes because God created David the way that He wanted him to be. God also gave you the personality He wanted you to have. You are the result of the attentive, carefully, thoughtfully, intimate, detail, creative work of an awesome God. Your; personality, your sex, your height, your features, are what they are because God made them precisely that way. He made you the way He did because that is the way He wanted you to have these attributes. If God had wanted you to be basically and creatively different he would have made you differently. Your genes and chromosomes and creative distinctions, even the shape of your nose, ears, color of your hair, are all what they are by God’s design. Job 10:8–11 Your hands fashioned and made me, and now you have destroyed me altogether. 9 Remember that you have made me like clay; and will you return me to the dust? 10 Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese? 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews.
Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
If I have trouble accepting myself the way God made me, then I have a controversy with God. Each of us needs to change our attitude that distorts what God has made.
What attributes that you have do you wish God had made differently?