For such a time as this


We will continue with this series of lessons by looking at the following verses from Psalm 139, verses 14-16: “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

It is not the scope, nor intent of this lesson to get involved with in-depth scientific explanations of the body. The Scriptures give a foundation that inspires our appreciation of the exquisite, unique, and delicate nature of the body, revealing God’s marvelous works toward us. However, a few aspects of the wonders of our unique design are relevant.

It is nothing short of amazement to contemplate on all that the human body is and what it is capable of performing. As advanced as medical science is today, even they still have not unraveled all the mysteries of the functions and design of the body. Even those elements with which we are familiar still remain mystifying to us.

For example, a body is capable of swallowing something very cold and warming it up to an acceptable temperature during the short time and distance it travels to the stomach. Also, something very hot can be cooled down in the same manner. Without this capacity of the body, we would not be able to eat various kinds of foods. Then consider the air we breathe. We can take in frigid air and by the time it reaches our lungs, it is warmed sufficiently so as not to do us harm.

Our reflexes are fast enough to protect us from dangers that come our way in a split second. Our eyes can focus clearly on a period at the end of a sentence and immediately look into outer space to see the stars which God has flung out there. Then they can re-focus on a close-up object without any complicated adjustments having to be made by our conscious awareness.

The brain is capable of storing, sorting and recalling many thousands of things instantly. It is said that the human brain is used only in a small fraction of its total capacity.

We have considered only a very few things that the body is designed to do. Hundreds of other things even more marvelous than these are performed every day without our being conscious of them. Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Only God can design and make a creature such as a human being with both a highly complicated spirit and body. We are not the product of any evolutionary process as some seem to believe.

No wonder the Psalmist David was moved to ask: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4.)

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