3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.
Our God is amazing! (You can file that under gross understatements.) When we take even a moment to contemplate all that he has done, continues to do, and will do on our behalf we are left with but one response: awe-inspired worship. As Christians we tend to focus on God’s redemptive work on our behalf (), and rightfully so. The finished work of Christ on the cross () and his resurrection from the dead () are the doctrines that define us as Christian. However, this article will focus primarily on God as giver and sustainer of life.
In this respect God is most gracious and his power and faithfulness are on full display. Take a moment to consider what takes place in the miracle that is the human body. The average human takes around 17,300 breaths a day. Not impressed? How many of those breaths did you consciously participate in? The answer is zero. Our breathing is controlled by involuntary muscular responses. In fact, if you read that and decided that you would consciously focus on the mechanics of breathing you probably have an irregular breathing pattern right now. Why? Because you are not as good at providing your body with oxygen as God is.
When you consider what actually takes place as we breathe it is a marvel of God’s wisdom that we are not all dead. Right now you are inhaling oxygen, beautiful life giving oxygen. You are also breathing out carbon dioxide. Do you know what happens when you breathe in carbon dioxide? You die. Yet God has designed our bodies and our planet in such a way that we breathe in the good stuff and breathe out the bad stuff. How? Because God is smarter than you.
Another great involuntary muscle we should all be thankful for is located about twelve inches beneath our nose. Of course, I am referring to the heart. This dandy of a muscle will “beat” roughly 115,200 times today. During that span it will pump nearly 2,000 gallons of blood through your body. As long as it continues to do this you get to continue to live. No pressure, right? Actually it has the perfect amount of pressure. If our heart pumped blood at the same rate as that of a giraffe’s heart blood would literally be shot out of our heads. Disgusting, I know. But it serves a valid point. We are fearfully and wonderfully made ().
Your body is full of little marvels like these. Currently you have between 50 and 75 trillion cells in your body. Folks that is twelve zeroes on the back end of those numbers! All those trillions of cells have specific jobs and specific life spans. Think about that for a second. You don’t have to tell your white blood cells to fight bacteria in your body they just do it naturally. You don’t have to remind your platelets to clot wounds to prevent you from bleeding out every time you nick yourself shaving. You also don’t have to worry about your red blood cells trying to do something they are not designed to do. Why? Because God is the creator and sustainer of your body ().
That is just a glimpse at the inner workings of the human body. Were there time and space we could delve deeper and deeper into the mystery of this mortal coil. Alas, we will pause to ask some important questions:
- Can you, with intellectual integrity, suggest that these things came together by chance? You may be able to suggest that they did, but not with intellectual integrity. That must be compromised in order to hold that random chance has manufactured the most perfectly tuned “machine” in the history of the universe.
- If this body of mine did not come into being by chance, then where did it come from? You know the answer to this. The real question is whether or not you want to deal with the implications of the answer. If God is the giver of life and the sustainer of life then you belong to Him. You are not your own.
- Can you know this Creating and Sustaining God? If so, how? Yes you can know him. You can know him intimately. You can know him as Father (). The only hope for such a relationship is through His Son Jesus Christ (, ).
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
- I am not a scientist or a doctor. All of the scientific and medical information was pulled from various websites across the information super-highway.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb;
4 even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save. (ESV)
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (ESV)
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (ESV)
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well. (ESV)
16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (ESV)
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (ESV)
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (ESV)
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (ESV)
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him? (ESV)