Daily Devotional: Psalms 139:13-18
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well. 15 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, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.
24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
We often hear people talk about the miracle of childbirth, even from some who are unbelievers. While this event is indeed awesome, it does not fit what the Bible describes as a miracle but it does show the wisdom of God. An innocent child is formed within the body of its mother and grows the designated time. When that time is right, the child is introduced into the world to grow to adulthood. God knows us before we are born and loves us, even in the womb.
As wonderful as the physical birth is, there is a birth that is even greater. It is what Jesus called being born again. This new birth comes when we recognize that we are dead in our transgression and sin and by faith turn to God who made us. On the basis of our complete trust in God as the one in whom we live and move and have our very being, we accept the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. By faith we turn from our life of sin and are baptized into Christ, raised as a new creation.
Heavenly Father I am so glad that you love me. Not just a love as people love each other but a love that prompted you to give your Son to live on earth as one of us and then to die for my sin. As I seek to live for you, fill me with your love so it will be completed in me and I will be able to love others as you love me. Use me to help others in my teaching. Use me to encourage those who are struggling in their service to you. Please give your strength and peace to those facing persecution for their faith in you. Use me in your way and time. I pray in Jesus name.