September 2, 2020

Uniquely Equipped

Our lives are evidence of God’s creative genius.

Adventist Review Editors

Our lives are evidence of God’s creative genius. Not only did He create us with unique talents and abilities tailor-made to our individual personalities, but He offers limitless opportunities for us to reveal those abilities to others. Every day is an adventure of discovery as we explore ways to serve God and reflect His character to others.—Editors.

“You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you. . . .
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

King David (Ps. 139)

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”

Augustine of Hippo, early Christian theologian

“There is no one who is insignificant in the purpose of God.”

Alistair Begg, Christian pastor

“God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Christian theologian

“If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things. It is we, of course, to whom things look ‘little’ or ‘big.’”

Elisabeth Elliot, Christian author and missionary

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

Helen Keller, author and activist

“If you can’t fly, then run; if you can’t run, then walk; if you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”

Martin Luther King, Jr., Christian preacher, author, and activist

“If God is your partner, make your plans big!”

Dwight L. Moody, Christian evangelist

“The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.”

Myles Munro, Christian evangelist

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”

John Piper, Christian theologian and author

“Your potential is the sum of all the possibilities God has for your life.”

Charles Stanley, Christian pastor and author

“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up by asking God to do His work through me.”

Hudson Taylor, Christian missionary

“Remember who you are. Don’t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.”

Lysa Terkeurst, Christian author

“When you feel strong, the admonition is, ‘Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.’ 1 Corinthians 10:12. But when you feel weak, too weak to do anything of yourself, you are in a position to gain the victory.”

Ellet J. Waggoner, Seventh-day Adventist writer and editor

“We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves.”

Ellen White, cofounder, Seventh-day Adventist Church (Patriarchs and Prophets, Pp. 534, 535)