‘For you created my inmost being;’ Psalm 139.13
It’s perfectly possible to make ourselves look different on the outside. Fancy dress parties illustrate this beautifully, and with a bit of effort we can even make ourselves look like other people! Yet it’s far harder to change the inside. It is this inner self that makes us who we are and sets us apart from other people.
If you’re honest, it may be that you don’t particularly like your inner self. You may be aware of unhelpful desires and yearnings that you wish you did not have. However, what if these desires and yearnings have, at their core, something created by God? The desires and yearnings may indeed be marred and in need of God’s transforming and redeeming touch, but this doesn’t mean that they should be removed. Deep within them, they are his creation and they make you who you are.
Think about this example of a person with a deep longing to be loved. Their desperation might have led to inappropriate actions, but perhaps the actual desire was planted by God to be a real yearning and hunger for him, simply because he always wanted to be with them. Sin warps this yearning and turns it into a desperate clinging to others, but the longing itself may be holy.
‘My inmost being was created by my heavenly Father and he put something in me that is wonderful and unique’. Let this truth make an impact on you as you rehearse these words and rejoice!
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