What Should We Learn From Creation?

As I was hiking up a rather steep mountainside this past Saturday, I would stop occasionally to let my lungs catch up on the needed oxygen to provide fuel for my body to continue. As I did, I was reminded of an article I just read from the Alpha Omega Institute entitled Your Amazing Lungs.  “Every time you breathe in and out, your wonderfully designed lungs are working to keep you alive, without you ever thinking about it.”  God designed our lungs as part of our respiratory system with the job of taking in fresh air (oxygen) and getting rid of stale air (carbon dioxide). Our trachea (windpipe) carries air from our nose and mouth down into the lungs where it splits into two large tubes (bronchi), one going into the left lung and the other to the right. Each of these then splits into smaller tubes which split many more times into about 30,000 tiny tubes—the thickness of human hair—called bronchioles. At the end of each of these hair-like tubes are about 600 million tiny air bags called alveoli, which if spread out would cover a tennis court!  Each alveoli is covered with very small blood vessels called capillaries which “pull out the oxygen and carry it to your heart, which then pumps the oxygen-filled blood to all the cells in your body. Once your cells use up the oxygen they need, they get rid of carbon dioxide and other wastes by sending them back to the lungs where they are dumped into the alveoli” where they are picked up by the bronchioles and sent back up through the bronchi tubes so we can exhale the stale air.

     To operate this amazing respiratory system, God installed a dome-shaped muscle called the diaphragm just below the lungs, and a rib cage and rib muscles surrounding the lungs. They alternate relaxing and tensing, allowing your lungs to inflate and then forcing the air back out. And, to keep the lungs from sticking to the rib cage when they expand, God covered them with slippery layers called pleural membranes. Your brain senses the amount of oxygen in the blood, and the amount of waste (carbon  dioxide), and causes you to breather faster—like when ascending a mountain!—or slower, depending on what the cells of your body need. “This is all happening whether you are walking, running, or sleeping…all without you having to think about it!”
     Now, if we didn’t have an all-wise, all-powerful, Creator who designed this amazing respiratory system, tell me how in the world given time and chance this could have developed on its own?  It had to all work together perfectly from the beginning, with all the parts of the system there and functional. And that is just one of the many mind-boggling features of our human bodies. As you examine the circulatory system, the nervous system, the digestive system, etc., you discover the same amazing, complex design which took a loving, infinitely intelligent Designer and Manufacturer—our Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle John, in speaking of Jesus Christ as “the Word,” wrote: “All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (Jn. 1:3).  Paul wrote: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Col. 1:16,17).  Not only did He design and create all things, but He is also sustaining them, keeping the universe from falling apart.  When you think of the maintenance required to keep your vehicles running and your house functional and your yard from becoming a jungle of weeds, think about the task of holding the universe together!  What a mighty God we serve!
     When you view a beautiful painting, or listen to a musical masterpiece, like Handel’s Messiah, or see the products constructed by a talented craftsman, you recognize first of all that these didn’t just happen, but that they took the painters, composers, or designers and builders years of training and developing their talents and then much pain-staking work to produce.  When we view the results, we learn much about the one who produced it.  We learn to detect who the author, composer, painter, architect, builder, etc. was from his product.  We also know that the producer is always greater than the product.
The same is true when are awed by majestic mountains, waterfalls, sunsets, snowflakes, butterflies, honeybees, hummingbirds, the human body, etc.  We know that they didn’t just happen, but were designed and built by someone with infinite wisdom and power, Someone who is far greater even than what He made.  We recently attended the annual Christmas Bazaar held at our local museum. There local crafters display and sell their wares. It is always so impressive to see the creativeness and abilities evidenced in anything from intricate wood carvings to beautiful candles and jewelry or fancy baked goods.  What a variety of talents and ideas!Guess where that all came from? We were made in the image of our wonderful Creator (Gen. 1:26,27). One big difference is that we always need raw material to work with—He didn’t. He could just speak things into existence.  We also often have many failures on the way to producing what we show to others. They don’t see all the rejects that led to the finished product they view. Thomas Edison, that great inventor, said he “found ten thousand ways not to make a light bulb” before he succeeded. Well, God always gets it right on the first attempt—good thing, huh!!
     So, as you view the beauty of God’s creation today, just remember–He is infinitely greater than what He has made. He transcends His creation.    
                                Forever His,
                                            Pastor Dave
“The Signature of wisdom impressed on the works of God proclaims His glory” (Sir Isaac Newton).

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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