Only God Can Make a Man

A designer with a lower-case “d”

A few years ago we visited with a man who helped design a life-size robot of Abraham Lincoln. Not only did it look realistic, but it could even stand up and make a speech. The designer showed us the schematics of its inner workings—a true marvel of human intelligence and engineering.

The designer made the robot, but God made the designer.

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves . . .” (Psalm 100:3).

As David said, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a).

Using His God-given faculties, David could sling a stone with precision, play the harp with skill, and contemplate his Creator.

The Designer with an upper-case “D”

What David wrote 3,000 years ago about the wonders of the human body we can now say with even greater conviction, knowing as we do so much more about the intricacies of DNA coding within each living cell.

Who could possibly create such complexities but God? With ultrasound technology we can see what David could only imagine: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb . . .” (Psalm 139:13).

Last week I marveled at a framed sonogram of our granddaughter at about the 7th month of gestation. She is now nine years old.

“Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14b).

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Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Our Maker in the Manger

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It may come as a surprise to some that Jesus was actually God’s agent of creation.

“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made . . . . and the world was made by him . . .” (John 1:3, 10).

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible . . . all things were created by him, and for him” (Colossians 1:16).

God has “in these last days spoken unto us by his Son . . . by whom also he made the worlds” (Hebrews 1:2).

Our Designer

Science continues to discover the spectacular evidences of Jesus’ creative handiwork—planets and caverns and plant and animal species unknown until recently. As research continues, we can expect many more marvels to come to light.

But even more astonishing is this: Jesus, the Creator of all, entered the womb of the virgin Mary, developed as babies do for the duration of the pregnancy, then was delivered into the world He Himself had made!

And yet even more astounding: “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him” (John 1:10).

Our decision

John goes on to explain, “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him” (John 1:11). Even His hometown Nazareth rejected Him. “And He wondered at their unbelief” (Mark 6:6).

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born . . . of God” (John 1:12-13).

Two millennia later many still reject Him, while others receive Him.

Our Maker won’t make us serve Him.

But His offer still stands . . . .

 

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Scripture quotations from Mark 6:6 and John 1:10-13 taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

“All Ye Fruitful Trees and Cedars”

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Made by God

Sara and I visited a remarkably well-stocked greenhouse in Deep East Texas. As we moved slowly down the narrow aisles between the pots and hanging baskets, it occurred to me how many different kinds of plants God has made!

We saw aloe vera, orchid, violets, airplane plant, corn plant, hen and chickens, Mexican heather, impatiens, begonia, ornamental pepper, bromeliad, bamboo, maidenhair fern, asparagus fern, rabbit’s foot fern, Swedish ivy, rubber plant, a wide variety of cacti, and on and on.

In spite of this impressive array, the foliage we saw was only a small sample of the thousands upon thousands of botanical species God has made.

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:11-12).

It is still good! Plants beautify our world and cleanse the atmosphere. From far and wide our supermarkets import fresh produce to grace our tables. And trees are transformed into houses and furniture.

Praise to God

Jesus often drew spiritual lessons from the world of horticulture: wheat and thorns, vine and fig tree, lilies and grass. The Bible is a veritable greenhouse, with abundant references to plants, all the way from the small garden herbs, mint and cummin, to the mighty cedars of Lebanon and the oaks of Bashan.

“Let them praises give Jehovah,/For His name alone is high,/And His glory is exalted,/Far above the earth and sky” (“Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah!” by Wm. J. Kirkpatrick, based on Psalm 148).

Just as the starry heavens speak of God’s glory (Psalm 19:1), likewise the marvels of the plant kingdom demonstrate the wisdom of the One who made us all.

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Our Great Creator God

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Wonder upon wonder

Visiting a large aquarium we marveled at the sharks, stingrays, jellyfish, eels, seahorses, carp, etc.—so different from one another!

“God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind . . .” (Genesis 1:21).

And just think of all the varieties of plants, birds, and animals. The wonder of it all should fill us with reverence and awe.

And to top all that . . . .

Far more amazing is God’s re-creative power. He can turn the vilest sinners into holy people of God whose lives reflect Christ.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What’s the most amazing?

Cause for wonder

Watching a documentary, I marveled at the living things inhabiting the waters and rain forests of the Amazon. The anaconda, capybara, macaw, piranha—what wonderful creatures God has made, each with its distinctive traits.

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It’s good to be awed every once in awhile.

What are the most amazing things you can think of? Would these be on your list?

  • The sky on a clear night
  • The complex genetic code of DNA
  • A sonogram of a child in its mother’s womb

And there is more!

  • Old Testament prophecies of Christ
  • The way Scripture plumbs the depths of our being
  • The lengths to which Jesus went to save us

But then . . .

So often the human response to our Creator is a stubborn refusal to honor and obey Him.

Could unbelief be the greatest wonder of all?

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The Statue

Some years ago in Santa Fe I saw a statue of a man holding a hammer and chisel, carving himself out of a rock. It was appropriately titled “Self-Made Man.”

What was the artist saying? Was he taking aim at those who brag about what they’ve done without having the advantages many of us enjoy?

Do we have bragging rights?

But where did we get our intelligence, health, and talents by which we can accomplish what we do? The Scriptures provide us with a reality-check. God “has made us, and not we ourselves . . .” (Psalm 100:2).

Can bragging be dangerous?

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King Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way that God “is able to humble those who walk in pride” (Daniel 4:37).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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The Creator of the Inventor

Where computers come from

The capabilities of computers are astounding, and they keep getting smarter! And yet, no computer comes anywhere close to the complexity of the human mind.

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It was the mind, after all, that developed the computer. If we are impressed with computers, how much more with the mind behind them.

The MIND behind the mind

If the mind impresses us, how much, MUCH more awestruck we should be in the presence of the One who made us all

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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