Christian-ese to English Dictionary: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Examples of Use: “Every time I see a baby, I am just reminded that we are fearfully and wonderfully made!”; “Oh, honey, don’t worry about your looks. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!”; “The intricacies of the human body just prove that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

What it Means: This expression is actually from a verse in the Bible, in Psalm 139. That particular psalm is all about God’s intricate, personal, individual design. Check it out:

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
-verses 13-16

These verses remind us that there is no way we are an accident. Our hair color, our height, our personalities, our hobbies were all written into us by the Great Author. I struggle off and on with such awful self-consciousness. I worry that my hair is too frizzy, I’m just not that talented, and my face always looks… off (mostly because of my always puffy eyes). I turn to these verses to remind me that God made my hair to look as it is and gave me the gifts that He gave me.

Not only that, but He has a purpose for my life! If you look at the last couple of verses, it says that God had all the days I will ever live written down in His book before I had even lived any of them.

The God of the universe, the maker of the stars and the mountains and the flowers and the glaciers, watched me as I was growing, designed my very DNA, and planned a life for me. These verses remind us that we are so loved and so cared for by God.

And why “fearfully and wonderfully”? Because this is wonderful, wonderful news that should make us bow down in reverential fear of a God that is that powerful and that wonderful.

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Why We Use it: Hmmm… Pretty sure I summed it all up above. Feel free to read it again if you’d like! I guess I would just add that when we say it, we should make sure we are really thinking about the awesomeness of the God who could design something as intricate as a human being from nothing.

More Thoughts: This verse is used amongst women a lot, because most women share the same sort of struggle that I shared about my self-consciousness, and are open about that with one another. But this verse isn’t just talking about looks and it applies to everyone! (I mean, it was written by a man in the first place.) These verses remind us not to focus on ourselves or encourage ourselves in how great we are, but to point to God and say that we might not get what’s going on in our life, but God designed it wholly and perfectly. The expression gives total glory to the Creator alone.

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