In a world filled with glitzy and glamourous people and things, it’s all too easy to look around and feel plain and ordinary. The perceptions and stereotypes of society often box us in or cast us out, to the point that we begin to believe lies about ourselves. We start to believe that we are not enough, or in some cases, that we are too much. We change our appearance, our personality, and even our beliefs to fit in, but it’s not who we really are.
No more. That type of thinking has gone on long enough, and we have spent far too much time and energy doubting ourselves and living our lives for others. Instead of placing so much importance on the opinions and expectations of others, let’s take a moment to think about what God says.
God, Himself, created you. In Psalm 139:13-15, NIV, the Bible says,
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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
This verse tells us that not only did God create us, but he actually knit us together. God, the most powerful and perfect being of all time, actually took the time to knit each of us together. He didn’t just lump or piece us together, but instead he made us with care and craftsmanship. That right there is extreme validation, because it shows that God, in all his wisdom and power, made each of us on purpose and with intention.
However, that’s not all. As a work of God, the Bible also lets us know that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and the writer of this psalm says “I know that full well.” With an understanding that we are a work of God, and that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, lets adopt the confident attitude of the psalmist. Its past time that we started asking ourselves why we are fighting against who we are supposed to be. Each of us was individually made, with unique and special characteristics and talents. God made me to be me, and you to be you, and we are both fearfully and wonderfully made by God. However, it is up to each of us to own this truth, and to allow this knowledge to let us be confident in God.
Finally, in moments of doubt and insecurity let’s remember the verse above, and gain confidence in knowing that God created us and God does not make junk. Since the Bible lets us know that we were not hidden from Him when we were being formed, we know that God knew exactly what we would look like, what our voice would sound like, how we’d think, and how we would live. Along with this, he also knew exactly how others would see us, hear us, view us, and react to us. Knowing all of this, we can be confident that we were woven together with understanding, purpose, and power.
The bottom line is this: God knit you together just as you are, and He doesn’t make mistakes. You are the work of a powerful and perfect God, and that makes you fearfully and wonderfully made. God has known you longer, better, and more intimately than anyone on this earth. So, since such a powerful and perfect God took the time and care to create each of us, who are we to allow mere humans to cause us to believe that we aren’t good enough? Isn’t that like saying that God made a mistake? I don’t know about you, but I’m not willing to say that to God. So right now, I invite you to make up your mind to accept who you are as a gift from God. Be true to yourself, and the beauty of the person you are. Going forward, if someone else has a problem with who you are, let them take that up with God. But as for you, don’t even worry about it.
Starting today, be confident in yourself through God!