You are God’s masterpiece
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
We spoke about prayer and finding quiet time with God.
One of the other indispensable ways for spiritual growth and maturity is meditation.
Whether you are just beginning your training or you’re a seasoned athlete, stop all of your activities and meditate on this Psalm. Read it slowly, one verse at a time.
You are wonderfully made.
We have spoken about many parts of the body, and how to train them. For example, we are re-teaching our eyes not to lust, helping our hearts learn to evade corruption, choosing foods that nourish our spiritual growth, etc. Now I present to you the final piece of this spiritual puzzle: the soul.
The soul completes the “wonderfully made” reference of our scripture verse today.
In my church we often sing,
Jesus lover of my soul,
Jesus I will never let you go!
In return, Jesus will never let you go!
Do you ever wonder why He loves your soul so much?
Could it be that He loves that part of God within you that was given to you by the Holy Spirit?
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
The father, Son, and Holy Spirit are in perfect unity with each other.
We, too, have been given a piece of this unity. Our souls long to be in communion with that perfect unit.
Paschal’s poignant reflection that a God-shaped hole is inside each and every one of us is a beautiful metaphor that is absolutely true!
The Holy Spirit is the giver of truth and knowledge of God’s love.
God is love. If he gave us his soul, he cannot dislike himself! This is why God loves the sinner but despises the sin. We are all part of Him, even us who rebel. It’s pride that separates us. The father will always be connected to his child no matter what, even if the child does not like the father. Our heavenly father is not codependent. He will allow us to make choices that might not be in our own best interest, but he will never not love us.
It would be impossible for the father of love to not love!
The soul is eternal, just like God. Our physical bodies will wear out (2 Corinthians 16-18). No wonder God’s love is called a mystery! It’s so hard for our puny human minds to wrap around the concept of unconditional love. Remember how God is prepared to jump in front of the train for you? He has sent you an invitation: Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
Rest and Comfort in Jesus
Jesus has offered you real rest: the type where He wants to comfort you, no only to keep you warm but also to comfort you when the storm of life is raging.
When you were a child and a thunderstorm struck, safety was your parents bed, snuggling between them. You found peace, safe from the storm, and this is what your heavenly Father wants for you.
He wants to wrap you in His arms and keep you safe and free.