I am simply amazed at the power and wisdom of our God. It is easy to look at our world as well as the universe around us and be filled with wonder and awe. It is astonishing to think God created it with the simple words, “Let there be…”. and there it was, PERFECT! When you look at the intricacies and complexity of the human body alone, His almighty power is on full display. Our heavenly Father created us just as he wanted us to be.
Yet how often are we not content with who we are, students, parents, and teachers alike. We wish something about us was different. If only I were better at… If only I had more… If only I was less…. If only I could be more like… Fill in the blank. We look at our social media feeds and our contentment wanes. We look in the mirror and don’t like certain things we see. We critique ourselves and find the ways God should have made us different, better.
Psalm 13: 13-14- “For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful; I know that full well.”
What an awesome reminder for each of us, especially for our high school students. High school is such a difficult time in life. Many students find themselves desperately searching for their identity and for acceptance. The truth is, we will never be good enough if we try find our identity in our intelligence, athleticism, looks, or sense of fashion. Our search for acceptance will be futile if we think we can find it in how we look or act.
Let us never forget we were created by our perfect heavenly Father. We are the work of his hands. In the words of our psalmist, “…your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” God made us just as he wanted us to be. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14). We are made in His image (Genesis 1:7). We are God’s workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). We are children of God (1 John 3:1). That alone is our identity. We are accepted by God only through the blood of Jesus Christ our Savior from sin.
This Advent season, we look to the manger to find Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords. Only in Him will we find true peace and contentment.