One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Psalms 139. I’ve used this chapter to ground me through various challenges in life. There is comfort in knowing that I’m fully and completely known by someone. My imperfections, my strengths and weaknesses, my challenges, fears and doubts, none of it is hidden. I refuse to believe that I’m an accident. I also refuse to believe that you are an accident. It is incredible to recognize that we are not results of random happenings but instead placed intentionally in the current time and space for a much bigger reason and purpose.
Accepting Psalms 139 as truth leads to two inferences. One, we are fully and completely known. Everything about us is an open book to the One who created us. Infact, he knows exactly what kind of choices we will make in our lives. Two, because He is mindful of every aspect of our lives, it goes without saying that He is mindful because our lives have value and purpose. After all, who will be mindful of something worthless and meaningless.
The idea of an all knowing God might scare some. There is no privacy?! But it has comforted me because I can be confident that no matter what the situation is, God sees me. I’m confident that no matter how badly I mess up, He isn’t surprised or shocked and He will willing take me out of it, if I let Him. It comforts me to know that no matter how much I choose to run and hide from Him, I can never go out of His reach. He is nearer than the very breath I breathe. There surely is a flip side to this. God knows and sees everything I do – both the good and the bad things. And like any good father, it breaks his heart when I make choices that aren’t good for me or for those around me. That can be a good or bad thing depending on one’s understanding of God. To someone who sees God as an angry diety waiting to punish in an instant, as someone who is calloused and distant, it might cause stress and fear. To someone who sees God as a Creator who loves His creation so much that He willingly gave His Son to die one of the most cruel forms of death, it will offer comfort and hope. And finally, to someone who doesn’t believe in God or intelligent design, it might give them something to laugh about, which is okay. Irrespective of where you stand, here’s one thing I want you to know, you are not an accident!
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
Psalms 139:13-18 NLT