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January 22nd, 2006

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me
together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for
I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

(Psalm 139:13,14)

The Bible emphasizes “you” (both in the singular and plural forms). You are important to God; for you were created by God (Ps. 139:13-16). The English poet, Alexander Pope wrote, “Know then thyself, presume not God to scan / The proper study of mankind is man…” (An Essay on Man, Ep. ii). But, this is precisely where all the humanists of our own day bow at the altar of atheism—by forgetting their Creator (Eccl. 12:1)! This raises a profound question—Who defines what man is, or what he should do? Consider these options:

a. Man is defined by what contemporary psychologists say he is.

b. Man is defined by what the American Supreme Court says he is.

c. Man is defined by what human church creeds say he is.

Will you let Washington D.C. determine who you are? What about a university chemist; or, a medical journal? If the universe has a Lord at all, he is Lord of all. And, if he is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. “You”—what an amazing three letter word! The Bible says, “Peace to all of you who are in Christ” (1 Peter 5:14). Yes, “you” are important to God—by virtue of creation, and now by redemption. The fact that he made you is tremendous. But, the fact that he loves you is stupendous! “You” can never be the same again—for “you” were meant for God!

-Robert M. Housby

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