Food for ThoughtPsalm 139:16 Unformed Body
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Psalm 139:16 New International Version

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book   
before one of them came to be.

The Hebrew meaning for embryo is unformed.  This verse details how a baby is masterfully woven together in this secret place of the motherís womb; this place that is dark and silent.  This is the ultimate place where our role is to be formed. In Godís view, we exist even though we have no form.  We cannot participate in the forming of our person and in this place where the most vulnerable human dwells, we are sculpted in the Fatherís hands.   

Sometimes I love to sit quietly in the darkness; it is in these moments that darkness is not a threat and it embraces me with comfort and has a boundless presence.  It is not frightening nor is it oppressive.  Instead it allows me the freedom to just be, without exposing anything uncomfortable or painful around me or inside of me.

I love the darkness because this kind of darkness is not evil, instead there is a warmth about it.

This is the same darkness in our motherís womb.

It is in our unformed existence God issues out His plans for our lives. The babyís form will eventually consist of arms, legs, eyes, etc...everything that identifies a person.  There is no misunderstanding here that the psalmist knew God had His eye on Him even before David began to manifest as a human being in his motherís womb.  It hasnít changed.   

God entrusted the womb of a woman to house His creation as He formed the little body.  

It says that He wrote in His own book identifying the person and the plans He has for that person.   These are plans for the future and include the process inside the motherís womb.  This is where God does His greatest work.  Carefully, He molds and shapes each minute characteristic of our body, soul and spirit.

He is the divine artist who creates His creation from love.  God holds life precious and gives His approval of all He created.   

Challenge:   Be mindful of life and its value to our Creator.  What is important to God, must be important to us. God set the standard for life and it is by His terms we must abide and live.  

John 1:3-4

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

God bless,


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