Wednesday, August 29, 2007

You are not an accident
By Rick Warren

"Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love." (Eph. 1:4a, Msg)

Your birth was no mistake or mishap. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it. He expected you – and he designed you with a purpose in mind.

God's motive for creating you was his love. The Bible says, "Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love."

Dr. Michael Denton, senior research fellow in human molecular genetics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, has concluded, "All the evidence available in the biological sciences supports the core proposition … that the cosmos is a specially designed whole with life and mankind as its fundamental goal and purpose, a whole in which all facets of reality have their meaning and explanation in this central fact."

The Bible said the same thing thousands of years earlier: "God formed the earth … He did not create it to be empty but formed it to be inhabited." (Isa. 45:18, GWT)

Why did God bother to go to all the trouble of creating a universe for us?

Because he is a God of love.

This kind of love is difficult to fathom, but it's fundamentally reliable.

You were created as a special object of God's love! God made you so he could love you. This is a truth to build your life on.

Point to ponder: The universe was not complete, in God's eyes, until he had filled it with people to love. He planned from the beginning of time to make you!

Verse: "When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you have set in place - what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?" (Psalm 8:3-4, NLT)

What will you do about it: Take a look at the night sky and remind yourself that you are more important to God than all the stars combined. Let that motivate you to worship him.

Prayer: Thank God for planning your life and for loving you so much.

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