“I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” ~Psalm 139:14~
As this summer comes rushing to a close, I am again amazed at the goodness and kindness of God. Not only has He met our every need as a family, but He has provided us with blessings far greater than we could have anticipated. One of the most recent blessings is God’s provision of strength and direction over the past five weeks as He allowed me the opportunity to fill in for our church’s senior pastor while he was on a brief sabbatical. The graciousness and patience of the local assembly of believers as well as the kindness of God’s timing and working have been a wonderful reminder to me of God’s faithfulness and goodness.
These summer evenings, I have enjoyed sitting next to my beautiful wife in our living room after our 2 ½ year-old son is “asleep” in bed. As I look around the living room I see reminders of God’s provision above what we need or considered possible. An immediate reminder of God’s kindness—and a special delight each night—has been to feel the 31 week-old kicks and rolls of our little son who is due in late October. It never gets old or unexciting to feel him move, especially when he responds to my voice 95% of the time! Every time I get to “high-five” our little man I am in awe of our amazing Creator—and how we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” by Him. When I think of the amazing power and wisdom of God in creating our little son’s living soul and breathing into him purpose and uniqueness, His workings are truly “fearful” (or “incomparably awesome”) and “wonderful” (or “distinctively unique”). As David penned these words through the Spirit’s overshadowing hundreds of years ago, he envisioned a priceless fabric being intricately and purposefully woven together. He marveled and wrote, “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Ps. 139:13). We have received so much joy being parents and now God has graced us again with another son.
However, every living soul that has been redeemed and transformed through the power of the Spirit-overshadowed gospel of His Son has been “fearfully and wonderfully” re-created as the Creator’s “new creation” (2 Cor. 5:17). Through His saving grace and divine mercy, God has breathed spiritual breath into the unresponsive corpses of our souls and has caused us to be “risen with Christ” (Col. 3:1). He has knit every grace-dyed thread of our spiritual life by the power, foresight, and “good pleasure of His will” (Eph. 1:5).
In light of such reality—and living in eternal communion and fellowship with our Creator is the essence of true reality—what then do we as adopted children of the King have to fear in this life? Nothing—absolutely nothing! Fear, darkness, chaos, death—and other such morbid elements of a fallen and depraved creation—no longer have ownership and command of our lives. We have been “delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son” (Col. 1:13).
As I enjoy several more weeks of gentle (and increasingly stronger) “high-fives” with my son who is continuing to be “fearfully and wonderfully knitted together” by our Creator—and as I get to hear, “Hi Daddy—I missed you!” when I come home each day—I say, “Thank you God—You are too good—and I am totally undeserving of Your awesome kindness!” Whether you are young or old in human years, if you are in Christ, rest in God’s amazing grace and mercy. Indeed, we as His elect have found our rest in Christ—the only Giver of true rest and peace.
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30~