Made in the Image of God.

Genesis 1:26-28, (KJV) 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

 

 

Have you ever felt like you were not good enough, smart enough, or that you were ugly?

 

     I have many of times. I’ve looked in the mirror wondering why and how, and wishing to be different, smarter, and better looking. All the while looking at all of my flaws whether it was physical attributes or abilities and hating them. Here is the deal though, when we do that we are forgetting that we are made in the very image of God! God created the world and all of the creatures here on the earth, the planets and stars in the vast universe. Multiplying galaxies upon galaxies above, and dividing the oceans beneath. Yet, he looked down and said something is missing! Then He created male and female, and not only that, He made them to be rulers over the earth and all of the creatures He had made. How marvelous is that! He wanted to have someone in His own likeness.

 

     In Psalms 139, David goes into great detail about it. Psalm 139:1-18 (KJV), “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. 13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” In the first part of the Psalm, David proclaimed about how God knew every move he made, every word he said, and there was nowhere God was not with him. He told about how God took the time to search him out and knew every little detail of his being. He went on to say that God wrote in His own book all the members of David’s body. All of this applies to us as well. Just imagine, God writing down our body parts, and fashioning them as He saw fit! Just think about how many people there are in the world, yet God knows us individually in intricate detail! David says that God’s thoughts are more than of the sand. There is no way we could count the grains of sand, yet God thoughts toward us is more than that. He knows every move we make, and everything we say or do. So, anytime, we start to tear our own selves down, remember we are talking bad about God’s handiwork! Anytime, we feel inadequate or not loved, we are not remembering how God took time to make us special, and that he loved us enough to do so. As David said, God knows all about us, and even wrote about us in His own book! I can’t think of any better proof that he loves us and that He has taken time to make us the person we are. No matter what we or other people think about us, we are special to God, and God has gone through great lengths to show us how much He cares about us.

 

      If we ever doubt that there is someone who loves us, we can rest assured God does! He loved us so much, that He sent His only Son to die for our sins, that we might be saved, and not go to hell. He wanted to fellowship with us so much that Jesus hung on the cross and was crucified. How much love is that! John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

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