Psalm 139:14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
Almost all of us can identify something that we wish could be different in our personalities, or physical or emotional make up. Many of us have wrestled with congenital or genetic problems about which we have no choice. Even some of the most powerful Bible characters struggled with this – Moses wished he could speak better, Paul struggled with some thorn in the flesh. But God took them in their weakness and used them mightily. 2 Corinthians 12:10 reminds us that when we are weak, then we are strong in God. 12:9 reminds us that His grace is sufficient for us and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Psalm 139:14, which we hear so often but seem to have such difficulty applying it to ourselves, clearly states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God Himself from the very moment of conception. God determined our physical being. It’s difficult when we have genetic limitations but it’s good to remember that He is sovereign over our lives. We are made in His very image, and we know that He makes no mistakes. When we face physical or emotional difficulties because of our genetics, we must remember that we are no less important or perfect in God’s eyes than anyone else. God works through all kinds of people to accomplish His will.
Almost all of us have to deal with at least one major challenge in life, something that can’t be changed. We can choose to dwell on the problem and our powerlessness or we can choose to focus on God and His character and what He wants for our lives. We can choose to remember that we are not alone in our struggle – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man.” (1 Cor. 10:13). We can choose to remember that God loves us and promises to be with us. He cares about our situation even if He doesn’t change it. He desires that we know Him. As we choose to remember who He is and His love for us, we can avoid living in despair. We can choose to remember that when we come to the end of our own resources, God’s work of grace in our lives will be more clearly evident. We can choose to remove our focus from our weakness and to place our focus on what a glorious thing God has given us In Christ. Remember that God is always at work and wants to work in and through us – just as we are.