Designer of Life

“I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

 The existence of God is the most hotly contested issue in the world today, followed closely by  the creation of the earth.  The next topic in our “Know and Believe” series is equally debated – and rejected – from the highest levels of science to the curriculum for grade-school students.  How did life – specifically human life – come to be?

The Bible tells us that God created man” (Genesis 1:27).  He spoke the universe and all other life into being, but He scooped up a handful of dust from the earth and fashioned a human being, then breathed His own life into him. Yet fewer than half of Americans believe that is true.  A 2012 Gallop poll found that only 46% of Americans believe that God created humans in their complete form.  32% believe God guided the evolutionary process to man’s finished state, and 15% dismiss any concept of God’s involvement in human existence at all.[1]  They find it easier to believe that an intelligent man morphed into being from a chain of evolutionary transformations than to believe that man was purposefully created by a master Designer.

The truth is, we have no empirical evidence of God as creator. But that’s not to say we can’t reach a reasonable conclusion with the support we do have.  Because the most compelling evidence of God’s creative power stares back at you from the mirror every morning.  YOU are a living, breathing testament of God’s existence and of His creative genius.  In his message to the Athenians, Paul said, “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth . . . He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else” (Acts 17:24, 25).  Again, the unbelievers reject this word and instead reason that life happened by accident, as parasitic bacteria randomly divided and morphed into molecules and cells and genes and organs and brains and legs and eyes and fingers.

Within every living being, whether plants or animals or humans, live molecules and cells and genes, each with its own properties and purposes.  They are working diligently according to their individual design—one small part of the whole.  From the connectedness of our organs, skin, bones, muscles, and brain to the delicate intricacy of our DNA, the human body shouts of a Creator.  The stunning dance of micro-organisms in your body sings of plan and purpose.  And if you need any further proof of God as the Designer of life, study the stages of procreation – of how a baby comes into being.  This is no random colliding of cells, this is Design at its finest!

God fashioned all of nature, to the deepest micro-cellular level, with incredible intricacy and detail, with beauty and function that could never happen by “accident.”  The deeper we go in studying the biological make up of life, the more we see God.  This is not without a purpose; Paul said to the Athenians, God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17: 27).  The great theologian F. B. Meyer says, “God . . . provides all we need to find and worship him.”[2]  God knows that man will deny Him and work to disprove Him, so the deeper man goes the more evidence he will find of a Designer.  Likewise, the farther out in space he goes, the more evidence he will find of the Creator.  It must be so frustrating to those who want to doubt God’s existence.

My friend, despite what the world says, you are no random accident of colliding parasites and micro-organisms.  God created you and signed His name deep within you, so that you will know without a doubt that you were fashioned by His hands.  He created you with intention and purpose—the greatest purpose of all—that you might know Him and love Him, because He knows and loves you.  God has made Himself evident in every cell of your body.  Know and believe this deep in your soul: you, beloved, are a wonder to behold.

Holy Father – my Creator – anytime I wonder if you exist all I have to do is look in the mirror and I am reminded that only a Master Craftsman could make such an intricate and delicate design.  You created me and designed me for a purpose and plan.  Thank you for the gift of life.  Amen.

[1] “In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins” http://www.gallup.com/poll/155003/Hold-Creationist-View-Human-Origins.aspx

[2] F. B. Meyer; Bruce H. Wikinson, Calvin W. Edwards, Paula Kirk, Eds., “January 2 Devotional” Closer Walk New Testament: New International Version, (Atlanta, Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Inc., 1990) 8.

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