Psalm 139:13-14 -“OKAY! FINE!”
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:13-14 ESV
“OKAY! FINE!”, will scream my youngest son, who is five, almost every time, around the third time of being told to do something. He is stubborn. He is learning, slowly, that he will eventually do what I have told him. However, it’s a delicate balance. I want him to learn to obey, but I don’t want him to lose that determination. You see, it turns out that stubbornness comes from a great trait given to him by God: determination.
We often apply Psalm 139:13-14 to children. We put it on nursery walls and quote it in Christian children’s books. But the author of this verse was a man, and we are reminded that even as adults, without cliche, God knows us better than we know our own selves. He made every part of us, and meant EVERY PART of it for good. We entered into a sinful world where the enemy will twist those things for evil, but each of those traits are something that God meant to be used in His service. Stubbornness is determination to not give in to temptation, rebellion is the ability to stand against evil while those around you fall. Instead of using them for His glory, however, we turn them into bad habits as they are contorted and abused for other uses.
This week I encourage you to reconsider the things that the enemy has told you are only for evil. Like Peter, lay your temper before the Lord and let him turn it into your passion for Him. Like Paul, give Him your religious zeal and shrewdness for legalism and turn it into a talent for speaking and ministering on His behalf. Allow Him to make right the things that the world has turned wrong. As John 15:5 says, There is no way to spend time with Him without finding that these things begin to “bear much fruit.”
~ Blake Fowler