In the book of Psalms,
David writes in chapter 139 verses 13 and 14:
“for it was You who created my inward parts;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You because
I have been fearfully and wonderfully made”.
What does it mean to be fearfully and wonderfully made?
when translated from the Hebrew means
with great reverence,
when translated from the Hebrew
Do you know you are
unique and set apart?
Do you feel the enormous amount of
that went into your making?
Or do you relate to this meme?
My body no longer looks like this:
Okay, OK, ok, I hear you…
I never did look quite like that!!
read more of that scripture in Psalm 139:
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”
And realize/internalize this message”
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
When we badmouth our bodies, we are insulting God, don’t you think?
Last week when our Presbyterian Women met, the Bible lesson we studied was the story of Bathsheba. It pointed out the secular take on who Bathsheba was may be flawed. Instead of a gorgeous seductress, she may have been the victim. Hollywood’s version of her is the perfectly gorgeous Rita Hayward.
Is that how you see Bathsheba?
The artists who have painted her have a different version:
I much prefer this one! A little bit of a double chin, a poochy stomach, and hefty thighs. Yes, I can relate! Now don’t you think she was fearfully and wonderfully made?
We’re all different in our body type – and yet God says we all are beautiful, lovable, and created in His image. Do you believe that about yourself? Even if you’re not perfect?
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Did you hear that?
“… as yourself.”
Yes, you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Accept God’s love.
Love yourself …
You can love others!
There are bodies of all shapes and sizes –
All are made in God’s image –
All are fearfully and wonderfully made!
And – hey guys,
You don’t have to have a six-pack
to be considered handsome!
Those old Charles Atlas ads
are outdated –
and those muscles
don’t make the man!
That guy on the left is my Bob
at the time we met – – –
and his brother, Bill, on the right.
They don’t look like that today,
but they still are fearfully and wonderfully made –
and their bodies have lasted into their mid-80’s!
Hah! Here’s Bob celebrating his 80th a few years ago with his younger brother, Bruce, and his brother-in-law, Stan. When asked, “What makes the man?”
Bob answered, “Character! A man who says what he’ll do and does what he says. A man of his word.”
Being fearfully and wonderfully made
in the image of God means
you are made a hero
because you are made
with the characteristics of heroism.
12 Characteristics of Heroism
- Filled with Conviction
- Exhibiting Moral integrity
And that’s not just for you guys out there.
Those are the qualities of a woman made in God’s image, too!
Add faithful to that list…
It’s a part of honesty
and being inspirational
and moral integrity.
It’s faith that gives you that character Bob was talking about!
May God bless you today –
Your mind and your body –
Know for sure, my friends,
you are fearfully and wonderfully made!
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