“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well”- Psalm 139:14
We quote this scripture often, but what I’ve seen from my interactions with many women is that we actually do not believe this scripture. If we say we believe this scripture, then we are doing a very poor job of actually living out this particular Word of God. If indeed we believed that we are the very masterpieces of Christ Jesus the Lord, then we all would be utilizing the gifts and the talents that God Almighty has deposited into each of us. There would be less vulnerable women, less broken hearts, less detoured destinies, less broken homes, and less aimless journeys through life. Why? Because the knowledge of this scripture would cause us to have full confidence in who we are, Whose we are, and what we were created to be and to do.
Our confidence streams from the fact that we are the beloved of God! Oh how I wish you would key into that truth today! You are the beloved of the Creator of Heaven and Earth! The Bible tells us that before we were even formed in our mother’s womb, before our parents knew they would be expecting a child, before the pregnancy test tested positive, God not only knew us, but He also set us apart for a special work upon the earth (Jeremiah 1:5). This pre-knowledge and pre-planning of our lives and futures reveal that we are in no way, shape, or form, a mistake. Mistakes are unplanned unfortunate events, not purposefully executed intentions. Everything about us, from which families we will be born to, to our passions and temperaments, are all perfectly executed intentionally events because we were created by God and God cannot make mistakes. This is why David could sing praises to God in the above scripture just by looking at himself. When he looked at himself he could confidently say he was someone who was not made in a hurry (fearfully made). He looked at himself and saw incredible features and attributes that made him appreciate how wonderfully God made him. And lastly, he realized that the same God that made other great works such as the sun, the stars and the galaxies, also made him so he confidently counted himself among God’s marvelous works!
When was the last time you looked at yourself and praised God for how He made you? Or, has your confidence been so shattered by people who you can no longer see how precious and valuable you are to the Lord? It’s time to rebuild your confidence by choosing to see yourself through the eyes of your Maker. The life that God designed for you is attached to you knowing your full value in Christ and unapologetically living that life. As long as you do not acknowledge that you are special to the Lord, you will never be able to allow others to also see you as someone special and you will never do anything special because you don’t believe you have anything to offer therefore you never actually start any business God lays on your heart or pursue any of your interests. You see others pushing boundaries and developing their gifts and talents and you praise them and all of a sudden you start developing an inferiority complex. That’s how the vicious cycle of abusive relationships began, how we start the desperate seeking of validation from others, and how the devil successfully convinces us that we have no purpose. Do not fall for this great deception of the enemy. The Lord has given you everything it takes to make an impact in our generation, but you must have confidence in who He made you to be. Rebuke every negative thoughts the devil drops into your mind, ask God to renewal your own view of yourself, ask the Lord to heal you from every hurtful words people have spoken to you and over you that may have lowered your self-confidence, and then ask the Lord to once again make His Word real to you that you may believe that you are everything that He says you are. You are the child of the Most High God (Galatians 3:26), you are chosen by God (1 Peter 2:9), you are the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8), and you are the beloved of God ( 1 Thessalonians 1:4). Start building your confidence from the Word of God and then start living purposefully.