Have you seen the Facebook posts that reads:
MSOT POPEEL CAN RAED TIHS AS LNOG AS THE FRSIT AND LSAT LTETRS ARE IN THE CRORCET ODERR?
TIHS IS VREY TURE IN LFIE!
If we start out well, and have the right end in mind, the middle will work out.
King David describes our beginning:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb (Psalm 139:13-14).
We are not the random result of a billion genetic possibilities. David writes that we are wonderfully, marvelously made and knit together by God himself. He watched over us as two of his wonderfully complex creations themselves created new life. (I admit don’t have an explanation of genetic birth defects and miscarriages. I do know that he created humans perfect but since the Fall, environmental and genetic damage have led to imperfection. But this is no surprise to God who continues to watch over every gestating creation.)
God lovingly watched over you and me as we were “woven together in the dark of the womb.” David goes to on write:
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me! (Psalm 139:16-18).
Is God’s “book” the genetic code that causes every human body to go through the “chapters” of secondary sexual development, fertility, menopause, old age, etc.? Or it is talking about God planning out our lives, such as “directing our paths” that is alluded to in Proverbs 3:6 and in many other passages?
While scholars struggle to understand the specific meanings, we can know that God is watching over us as we are formed in the womb and that every single day he is with us, thinking precious thoughts about you and me.
In verses 19-22, David points out that while God is with us from the instant of conception and will be with us every second of our lives until we are with him for eternity, we face a postnatal world of wickedness, murder, blasphemy, hate and idolatry. After such a wonderful beginning and the promise of an even more wonderful end, the middle can still be THROOGUHLY CUFSONNIG!
But two “bookends” hold life together! Physical life and eternal life. Knowing that God has given us physical life and knowing that through his Son we can enjoy eternal life, gives us hope and courage for the MEXID UP middle!
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life (Psalm 139:23-24).
WE CAN BE ARSUSED TAHT GOD IS LILVOGNY WICHATNG OEVR HIS POURCIES CHRIDELN FORM THE VREY BINNGEING TO THE VREY END . . . AND TEHN TUHOROGHUOT ERNTEITY. HE IS LALITRELY OUR “AHPLA AND OGMEA,” OUR BINNGEING AND OUR END!*
Copyright © 2015James N. Watkins
* We can be assured that God is lovingly watching over his precious children from the very beginning to the very end . . . and then through eternity. He is literally our “Alpha and Omega,” our beginning and our end!
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