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Before Time Began

Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. (NRSV)

Way too many people carry a nagging sense of inadequacy around with them. Sometimes we don’t even realise we’re doing it … but it ruins our day, our lives, nevertheless. It’s time to ditch that, once and for all.

We live in a world that tells us we’re worth something … IF.

IF we’re attractive. IF we’re successful. IF we make lots of money. IF we have position or status. IF we follow the latest fashion trends. There’s always that illusory IF that creates a nagging sense of inadequacy. People are always comparing themselves with others, coming to the conclusion that they’re just not good enough.

But stop and think about it. Without that dreaded IF, that nagging sense of inadequacy would just go away. Of course, at its root, it’s the toxic mix of inadequacy and desire that the advertising industry uses brutally and indiscriminately to sell us that latest useless thing that we just don’t need. Perhaps that’s why so many people are so uncertain of themselves in this day and age.

But before time began, God knew us – you and me.

He created our innermost being. He knit us together in our mothers’ womb. You and I, we’re fearfully and wonderfully made. Our frame wasn’t hidden from Him when we were being made in that secret place, when we were being woven together in the depths of the earth.

His eyes saw our unformed bodies, and all the days that He’d planned for us were already written in His heart before even one of them existed – before time began. How precious is that?

And there’s only one valid response to all that:

Psalm 139:14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. (NRSV)

So… here endeth the dreaded “IF”!

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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