“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.” Psalm 139:14 NLT
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14 ESV
As it is written….Wonderfully complex, fearfully and wonderfully made! Those are extremly powerful words that God has spoken over each of us to be received as a holy boldness and a blessed confidence. As I read both translations of this scripture, I breathed in deep while resisted in listening to the wrong voices of the world. Instead, I concentrated on receiving what this scripture was truly saying to me…. Beth, this is key to walking in peace and in victory over the enemy. There is a constant battle going on between The Holy Spirit who consumes our heart with truths vs. the chaos of the world that tries to creep in with it’s lies…flesh vs spirit. But Lord Jehovah Nissi, victor, says to take hold tightly to what He speaks, for He has a good plan and future for each of us and He SEES us as perfect….whole and complete. He chose each of us, FIRST!!!
“Be perfect (in love), therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” Mathew 5:48
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10
As in the story of Leah in Genesis, she was one of two sisters and was not seen as beautiful, particularly useful, or worthy from man’s earthly perspective. She was used and mis-treated by her own earthly father for personal selfish gain. He saw her as nothing more than a profit enhancer for his land and devised a scheme, an unethical marriage, to get what he wanted. Even her husband, Jacob, who was tricked by her father into marrying her, saw nothing really special or unique…just a girl. Think of the rejection and the worthlessness that Leah must have felt from these actions of the people around her…especially the ones she loved. Haven’t we all felt that pain of rejection and worthlessness, in some form or fashion, that painfully pierces our hearts and makes us wonder who we are? It can be devastating and mighty hurtful!
But God created Leah, just as He created us, as wonderfully perfectly made by Him… CHOSEN! It should not have mattered how the world “man” saw Leah, because God saw her as unique, beautiful, and usable. He had good plans for her that she knew nothing about and He chose her first to carry out a portion of His own divine plan.
As Leah’s story continued, she spent years in a place of striving for her husband’s love and attention, which she never obtained. Jacob’s heart was and had always been with her beautiful sister, Rachel. But from Leah’s place of striving and lonely broken-ness, she experienced the unsurpassable LOVE of God. He opened her eyes to realize the acceptance and love she sought was to be found in Him. God had proven His love for her through His blessings of many many children…..something her sister was unable to do.
God reveals his perfect love and His perfect plan for each of us in His own unique way. A way that we don’t always understand or even see at first “And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Leah’s story has such an important lesson for our own seeking hearts to embrace. If we are constantly seeking to be satisfied, loved, accepted, and desired by the world “man”, we will miss out on God’s fullest blessings right there on display before our eyes.
His powerful and jealous love for us is sometimes hidden in the gifts of our own complexity and perfectly made uniqueness!
……. In other words, God’s very special treasure 1 Peter 2:9
Read more on Leah with us on our “Learning from Their Examples” series.
- Wo Will Be In Your Family Tree? – Cindy
- What’s Love Got To Do With It? – Cassandra
- Unloved and Overlooked – Tonya
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Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.