Mixed masterpieces - Hope 103.2

Mixed masterpieces

By David ReayFriday 20 Jun 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 139:14-16

14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
          Your workmanship is marvellous-how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
          as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 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. (NLT)

Human beings are God’s creative masterpieces. Back at the beginning of time,God made humans and then stopped. It was as if he couldn’t top what he had just made. The Psalmist reinforces this: we are not the products of chance. We were the objects of his creative care before we were even born. Well before we became useful or even loveable.

All this is clear enough. But into this picture we bring at least two questions. One is,how hard it is to imagine a terribly wicked individual as a masterpiece of God’s creation. In other words,we have to reckon with the fact that an Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin is as wonderfully made as Mother Theresa or Billy Graham.

And then the question of those born with some disability. Did God make them this way? Or is it a by-product of being born into a world where masterpieces are inevitably flawed in some way or other? Is such an individual to be the object of prayer for healing or is that person to be accepted just for who they are?

Human beings are certainly the pinnacle of God’s creation,but they come into a creation that is not as it ought to be. And so they are not as they ought to be. And yet,they are to be loved irrespective of who they happen to be.

David Reay