For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139: 13,14 NIV)
People. Where do we start? We start from the center of our creation. Every human being has been developed within their mother’s womb. King David preferred to look at this as knitted together. God created our inmost being, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are made by God’s design of perfection. He did not make any mistakes. Adam and Eve lived in the perfection of God’s garden. Evil entered this world through Eve’s fall into deception. God’s perfection is now taunted by evil influence. This opened the door for imperfection in people. The devil and his agents-Lucifer and all the fallen angels, permeate the atmosphere in hopes to devour the weak.
If individuals can be distracted, their steadfastness is weakened. Scripture shares where there is strife, there is every evil practice. We wonder how situations can become so out of control. Peace one minute and mayhem the next. You can bet(not literally) somewhere between, a trigger was pulled and strife entered. From there the devil saw an opportunity. Conflict is birthed. The weaker one side becomes, stronger the conflict. The stronger the opposing side’s reaction, the more fuel we throw on the conflict. It becomes a vicious cycle. Until, the Word of God-which is perfection, grows within us. Stronger our Word knowledge, stronger we become. Smarter we become not to fall into satan’s schemes. Reactions will eventually cease and we are able to walk away without fueling the flame.
Even times in the wilderness, valuable lessons are learned. During this time in my life, I was taken by surprise. I grew up in a small town like Mayberry. Surely it’s like this everywhere?? I became dismayed, I could not believe my situation. I encountered my own scenes from the movie/book, The Help. My reactions were untamed. Nobody saw Christ in me during this season. Even though God was teaching me about discernment and spiritual warfare. I would have crawled back to my home church if I had to. I loved my church, I still love my church. Yet, God called me forth and I did not want to go. Who wants to be thrown into a big, hot pot of fire? Do you ever think, God did not get something right? Foolish for us to think this, yet we are flesh. Thankfully, God is patient. Now I realize, refinement all for God’s glory. It is hard for us to see this in the beginning.
As we dig deep today, please consider how fearfully and wonderfully you are made in God’s perfection. God tells us to be perfect, because He is perfect. Yet we live in a fallen world. We can only strive to be holy, because He is holy. On Friday, we will look at key verses that helped me through this particular season in my life. Hopefully, they will help you.