Ahhh the journey. Ups and downs, good and bad...I look and see that I have truly been blessed beyond anything I could have ever dreamed. The farther I go in this journey, I realize that God knew me…really knew me. According to God, we are all the person we will ever be at conception and he knows us. In Jeremiah 1:5 the Bible says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” Before we were ever born, God knew us, knew his plan for us, and knew our response to the plan he had laid out before us. The Bible goes on to say in Psalm 139:14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” The writer in Psalm 139 expressed praise for how God had made him and he appreciated the person he was in God. He liked what God had done that he marvelled at the works of God. I love the last phrase in this verse “my soul knoweth right well.” He knew that God had made him, kept him, and in the eyes of God he was just what God intended for him to be.
How are you feeling about yourself? Do you ever thank God for who you are? Are you ever critical of yourself and realize that you are being critical of the person that God “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Have you ever seen the pictures or video of a baby in its mother’s womb? How the heart beats and the arms and legs move knowing that the little person in there was the handiwork of an almighty God. God the Father sent Jesus to earth, same little beating heart, same little arms and legs yet he grew up into a man that would ultimately die for our sins…but it did not end there. God the Father looked down and said “Arise my son” and that day, the world changed. That day we had access to God and a remission for sins. Yes we may err, we may not be the person we should be but each and every one of us has an opportunity to be perfect in the eyes of God through the shed blood of Jesus.
Those days at you may question your worth…you may ask the question “Why,” think about those little hands that grew into hands nailed to a cross and those same hands now sit at the right hand of God the Father. Think of the hands of Jesus reaching out to you and wondering why you won’t take them. Enjoy your coffee.
Love you all,
Gary W. Hall, Pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.