Daily Devotional

Created by God for a Purpose

by Simon Whitton

9 "Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'He has no hands'?
10 Woe to him who says to his father, 'What have you begotten?' or to his mother, 'What have you brought to birth?'
11 "This is what the LORD says-- the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker: Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hands?

Isaiah 45:9-11 (NIV)

From the very beginning God delighted to be creative.  It's at the core of who He is.  He actually made mankind in His own image, even instilling in us His passion for creativity; and He considers us the pinnacle of His creative genius.

Each one of us was colourfully formed by God, using our family tree as His palette.  He has chosen every feature with care.  Every molecule is known intimately, and although we may not be physically or mentally perfect, as the world sees perfect, He made no errors.

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.

Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

The Lord has days ordained for us, He has a purpose for us.  We were designed like instruments to fulfill our part in the great symphony of the ages.  He has a role for each of us, things for us to do, or to go through.  Some of these things are noble, some mundane or boring, others difficult or painful.  We may even think our lot in life is unfair.

19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?"
20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?'"
21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Romans 9:19-21

But this doesn't mean we don't have a free will.  The Lord knows the decisions we will make before we make them, and He has already taken them into account as He unfolds His plans, but they are still our decisions.  He expects us to do our part, to wrestle, struggle and to 'fight the good fight of the faith'.

Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies
 once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight,
holding on to faith and a good conscience.

1 Timothy 1:18-19a (NIV)

We should take comfort that God has individually made us and has a purpose for us.  We don't have to live up to anyone else's standards or expectations.  He has compassion on us, He knows we are weak.

As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.

Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV)

Spend some time praying and thank God that you aren't some accident of science, but He formed you Himself with care.  Pray that you would be conformed to His will, and that you'll fulfill His purposes.

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