God Made Me Who I Am – Part 2
God Made Me Who I Am – Part 2
We will continue our discussion, “God Made Me Who I Am”. One of the most difficult things for us to do may be to recognize who we really are and whose we really are. We fail many times to trust God for Who He is and we don’t realize our relationship to Him. We must always remember that God is sovereign.
I am not saying that we should accept ourselves the way we are but we should recognize the way that God made us. We should accept our physical, mental, and emotional makeup the way that God made us, not the way that we think we should be or want to be. Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
David was described in: 1 Samuel 16:12 And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” David could praise God with his ability, appearance, and skills. David could have said, “Look at me, look at my abilities”, when in fact these were the abilities and the appearance and skills that God had given him. We have a tendency to feel that we don’t need to measure up with our abilities. Remember God did not give His own Son handsome features in His human body. Isaiah tells us when he prophesies about Jesus Christ in: Isaiah 53:2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. The portrait of the bearded, handsome Jesus that we see has no basis in Scripture. Apparently Jesus was nondescript in His physical appearance as we read in Isaiah. It never bothered Him nor interfered in any way with His carrying on the purpose that God had for Him. David praised God not because he was handsome, but because God made him. The eternal God in His wisdom and love personally made you. He gave you the body, the mental abilities, and personality because that’s the way He wanted you to be. He loves you and wants to glorify Himself through you. Our self-acceptance must be based on this fact. I am who I am because God sovereignly and directly created me. Self-acceptance is trusting God for who we are with our disabilities and physical appearance and physical flaws.
George Macdonald said: “I would rather be what God chose to make me then the most glamorous creature that I could think of for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought and then made by God in the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking”.
If we have physical or mental disabilities or impairments it is because God in His wisdom and love created us that way. We may not understand why God chose to do that, but that is where our trusting God has to begin. God ascribes to Himself the responsibility for the physical disabilities. Exodus 4:11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? This fact may be very difficult to accept, if you or one of your loved one has such a disability Jesus also affirms God’s hand to our disabilities. John 9:3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. The individual that Jesus is talking about in this passage was born blind so that God’s word might be displayed in his life in order that God might be glorified as a result of the miracle that Jesus performed. That somehow just does not seem fair does it? Why should this man suffer blindness all those years to be available to display God’s work on this particular day? Is God’s glory worth a man being born blind? Is such a question relevant? If I were to say, “No” that God’s glory is not worthy of a man being born blind what am I saying? I can’t say that God is not all wise, that God is not sovereign, that my wisdom is greater than God’s. What about our own disabilities or the disabilities of one of our loved ones? Is God’s glory worth their disabilities? Are we willing to take the infirmities in our life to God? “Father I believe You created me just the way I am, You love me and You want to glorify Yourself through me”. Can you make this statement? With all the flaws and problems that I have “I trust God for who I am”. This is what I’m talking about; the path of self-acceptance.
We must remember that the God that created us is, the God who is wise enough to know what is best for us, and loving enough to bring it to fruition. There will be times when we will struggle with who we are. Unlike adversities, our disabilities are always with us. We must learn to trust God in this area continually. We must be able to say like David: Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
James Hufstetler said, “You will never really enjoy other people, you will never have stable emotions, you will never lead a life of godly contentment, you will never conquer jealousy and love others as you should until you thank God for making you the way He did.”
We should thank God daily for the positive abilities God has given us; physical, mental, personality, talents, etc. 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?
All of us received whatever abilities, learning, riches, station in life, rank, or influence we have from God to be used by us for His glory. Whether it is an ability or disability let us learn to receive it from God to give Him thanks and to seek to use it for His glory.
I know that all of this is difficult for us to understand and accept, I have spent many years struggling with accepting these facts. By accepting ourselves the way we are, with all of our flaws, we perceive we can glorify God and influence others to have faith in God as a result of accepting ourselves the way we are.
What attributes do you use to influence others to have faith in God?