Friday 8th February
Psalm 24:1, Psalm 139:13-15
So often when I am preparing vegetables or exotic fruits, I think to myself what an inventive and creative God I serve. Take a dragon fruit for example. Its outer skin is a vibrant pink colour with soft green petals garnishing its appearance, yet inside is a delicate white flesh with an array of black seeds. Or how about the rambutan. An exotic lychee with a rough, browny red skin that’s covered with green hairy spikes to protect it from foes, yet inside is the most tender, juicy, grape like texture. God is wonderful.
Let’s bring it closer still. How about our bodies? The mystery of self-healing and self-repair. From the simplest of cuts, that then forms blood clots and then new skin to protect the exposed open wound. Or how about our bones? The body’s natural healing mechanism when we break bones is to immediately pump more blood around the breakage (hence swelling) to remove dead cells and aid healing. It then forms soft calluses around the break to help mould the bone back into place, which eventually becomes new bone. Could this really be some cosmic accident that took place billions of years ago by chance? Or are there clear signs of an intelligent design?
David, in the book of Psalms, often comments of how great God’s world is. He didn’t have the wonders of modern day technology to study bone infrastructure or access to technical details of how a child is born. Yet he knew that is was not by random chance that he was birthed into the world but it was by the design and will of a Creator God. In Psalm 139, David describes God’s intricate work when forming him in his mother’s womb. He says “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb” (verse 13). What an insight and revelation. When our bodies heal, it really is like God is knitting together the broken parts inside us. Can this possibly be chance? Well, David and I agree on this point. Absolutely no way!! In fact in verse 14 David can but marvel at God’s handiwork, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” The NLT translation adds that, “Your workmanship is marvellous”. God’s design for us is marvellous. It’s breathtaking and it surely was not by chance, but at the Hand’s of a Great Creator God who by His very Word spoke the earth into being.
I remember at school of a phrase that used to be spoken as an insult to another person. You would say ‘God broke the mould when He made you’. Yet the reality is that He did do that. In fact we are all uniquely design. Every one of us has an individual stamp ‘Made By God’. Every one of us is uniquely designed. How God made us is how God wanted us to be. Next time you look in the mirror or hear harmful comments about yourself, just remember that an extraordinary God created you, intricately designed you and wove you together in your mother’s womb. Praise God for you!
“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him”