God Doesn't Make Junk
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14)
If you create something (whether it's a picture or a paper airplane, a clay sculpture, or even a new cookie recipe), you have used your mind and your imagination, as well as your hands and tools and supplies. You can truly enjoy creating something – especially if it's something that matters to you, and if you do a good job. It may never turn out as well as you had hoped back when you started; but after you are done, your project shows others something about you, the creator. It reflects your style.
When God finished making the world, it was perfectly good. (Genesis 1:31 – "And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.") When we look at the world, we see God's style, His creativity. We see colors and sounds and beauty. We see what He provides for us: food and water, rain and light. We experience a world of systems that work properly, whether it is the four seasons (always in the same order), or day following night, or gravity. We see animals and plants that are so unusual and fantastic that a human being could never have imagined them. Our own bodies are amazing systems that no computer could ever equal. Nothing that we as creatures could ever make would ever be as complicated and wonderful as God's handiwork, because He is the Master Creator.
Once Adam and Eve sinned, God's Creation could no longer be perfect. It was still good, but it had a curse on it. You may have seen this in yourself: You get sick, or things go wrong in your body, or you would like to change a part of yourself that does not seem right. God will take care of all these problems one day. If you are His child, you will be part of a new heaven and a new earth, with a new body that works perfectly at all times. But in the meantime, you are still "fearfully and wonderfully made." For that reason, you can praise God, for it was He Who made us; not the other way around! (See Psalm 100:3.)
As one pastor used to say, "God doesn't make junk." Use your body and your creativity to praise God.
God has a perfect purpose for creating each of us, and we should use the gifts He gave us for His glory.
» Is there something about myself or my abilities that makes me unhappy?
» Did God make me the way I am for a reason?
» How can I use what God has given me to give honor back to Him as my Creator?
Truth In Real Life
“Lord, I long to be with Thee!”
William Williams, a famous Welsh evangelist with two “matching” names, was born on February 11, 1717.
The Welsh – people who live in the country of Wales – have long been known for being musical people. Crowds at sporting events have been known for breaking out into singing. It should be no surprise, then, that Williams has been called the “Isaac Watts of Wales.” Isaac Watts was a famous English hymn writer and William Williams has become the most famous Welsh hymn writer in history. Very few hymns were written in Wales before he began writing.
Williams was also a kind of “circuit-riding preacher” in Wales, only he sang the Gospel and taught others how to sing about it. Over a period of 43 years, he traveled nearly 100,000 miles on horseback. He traveled from church to church, and from home to home, sharing the Gospel with people who needed to hear it (which was all the people!). He wrote over 800 hymns during his lifetime. The most famous song that William Williams wrote is called “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah.” It has been translated into 75 languages! The second verse reads like this:
Open now the crystal fountain,
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through.
Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
William Williams believed that singing was as important as any other part of worship. He believed that music shows what is in the heart.
Do you have a song in your heart? Do you enjoy singing about how Jesus Christ has changed your life? Sing for Him!
Psalm 40:3 – He has put a new song in my mouth – praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.