Trusting God For What I Am
Trusting God For What I Am
God created us exactly as He wanted us to be, in order that we might fulfill His plan that He has for each of us. He created us according to His eternal purpose. He had a reason for creating us as He did. Psalm 139:16 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.
There are two possible meanings that may be given to this verse. The number of days David would live was divinely ordained by God. This is also stated in: Psalm 31:15 My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors! And in Job as Job is speaking about the finality of death he states: Job 14:5 Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass, Job understood that God determines the number of months and years that each of us will live and that we cannot exceed His time. The apostle Paul also understands this: Acts 17:26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place,
God not only created us as He intended us to be, He also in His sovereignty determines how long we will live. I refer you to my blog articles on: God’s sovereignty part 1 (December 22, 2018) and part 2 (January 4, 2019); and God’s sovereignty over people part 1 (February 9, 2019) and part 2 (February 16, 2019). David also stated our times are in God’s hand. God has determined when I will die.
David could have had another meaning in mind. All the experiences of David’s life, day by day, were written down in God’s book before David was even born. This could refer to God’s prior knowledge of what will occur in our lives, and to His plan for our lives. This meaning fits better with the flow of the thought in: Psalm 139:13–15 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.
God created us uniquely to fulfill the plan He has for each of us. Our disabilities as well as our abilities all fit into His eternal plan. Your particular infirmity uniquely fits you for the life He has planned for you. One of the most encouraging truths we get from Scripture is that God has a distinct plan for each of us. That plan embraces not only His original creation of us but also the family and social setting into which each of us were born. That includes all the seemingly chance or random happenings that occur in each of our lives, all the sudden and unexpected turn of events both good and bad that occur in our lives. All these situations and circumstances may appear only as happenstance to us were written in God’s book before one of them happened in our lives. God’s plan embraces what He wants us to be and what He wants us to do. It is much more than chance happenings. Scripture teaches us that God places each Christian in the body of Christ as He has determines and as it pleases Him. 1 Corinthians 12:18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.
God’s sovereignty determines our respective functions in the body (the church), He gives us the corresponding spiritual gifts with which to perform our respective functions. Romans 12:4–6 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;
Paul also writes to the Corinthians. 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
This thought will continue in my next blog.