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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At What Expense?

Many churches tailor their teaching to appeal to more people. Shall we adopt their tactics? We could—but at what expense?

At the expense of truth

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

At the expense of integrity

Paul wrote, “If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10b).

At the expense of souls

It’s the truth that saves, and only the truth (John 8:32; 1 Peter 1:22).

Growth is great—if based on truth. But if we use entertainment and watered-down doctrine, what have we gained? Will we save their souls–or ours?

Is it worth it?

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

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