Monday, December 13, 2010

You Are Not an Accident

"You are not an accident.

Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but that doesn't mean God didn't plan you. He works even through human error and failings, and he was not surprised by your birth; in fact, he expected it.

It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you! The Bible says, "The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me."(Psalm 138:8)

God prescribed every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made your body just the way he wanted it. He also determined the natural talents you would possess and the uniqueness of your personality. The Bible says, " You [God] know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something." (Psalm 139:15)

Because God made you for a reason, he also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. He planned the days of your life in advance, choosing the exact time of your birth and death. The Bible says, "You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book." (Psalm 139:16)

God also planned where you'd be born and where you'd live for His purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident. God left no detail to chance. He planned it all for His purpose. The Bible says, "From one man he made every nation... and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live." (Acts 17:26)

Most amazing, God decided how you be born. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, or who your parents are, God had a plan in creating you. It doesn't matter whether your parents were good, bad, or indifferent. God knew that those two individuals possessed exactly the right genetic makeup to create the custom ''you'' he had in mind. They had the DNA God wanted to make you. While there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. Some children may be unplanned by their parents, but they are not unplanned by God.

God's purposes take into account human mistakes, even sin. This does not mean that God causes or condones sin or evil-he does not-but it does mean God is able to redeem any and all situations and use them for his own good.

So regardless of the circumstances of your birth, you can celebrate the fact that God created you to be you. God never does anything accidentally, and he never makes mistakes. He has a reason for everything he creates. Ever plant and every animal was planned by God for a purpose, and every person was designed with a purpose in mind, too. God's motive for creating you is his love. The Bible says, "Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love." (Ephesians 1:4)"

-Excerpt from 'The Purpose-Driven Life'

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