The Book of Your Life

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:14-15).


In verse 14, the phrase “wonderfully made” is translated from the Hebrew word “Palah” meaning “to be distinct, marked out, be separated, be distinguished”. In other words, God uniquely formed you in your mother’s womb, distinguishing you from all of His other works. You were not cut out of a “human mold”, but you were carefully and distinctly created by God. The phrase “intricately woven” in verse 15 speaks of needlework, the skillful masterpiece of an embroiderer. God shaped you in the womb individually and skillfully. Special attention was given to you when you were formed. You were not just a random outcome of genetic makeup, but you were intricately woven by God according to the plan He set out for you, and according to every moment and every day that God laid out for you in advance.

And since God is so involved in your life that he wrote about every day in advance, this means God knows and He sees your trials and heartbreaks. God knows if you’ve been struggling and feel ready to give up. He sees the things you’re frustrated with, your struggles, and your anxieties. He knows when you’re stressed about money or your job or a relationship or your health, and He knows what the outcome of the situation will be. He’s already written tomorrow and the next day in His book. God isn’t waiting to invent a solution to your problem—He already knows the result of your every trial. God already knew all these things before He ever made you.

God has not only a vast and complete understanding of all things, but He has an intimate and personal understanding and awareness of us. Be comforted today as you meditate on how much God is concerned with the trials and circumstances of your life. Remember that the God who authored your life will finish it perfectly.

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