Genesis 2:7: “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

June 16th, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

We should carefully consider our own marvelous construction in order to grasp some of the sweeping concepts tucked into this single verse. It was Augustine who observed:

People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

Consider the human heart. The average human heart pumps over 1,000 gallons of blood a day, over 55 million gallons in a lifetime. That is enough to fill 13 super tanker ocean ships. The heart never sleeps, beating some 2.5 billion times in a lifetime. The average adult has 67,000 miles of veins, arteries, and capillaries.

Consider the human brain. Only about 3 pounds, the brain has the ability to catalog 50,000 different smells and identify them in less than one second. These pulses travel at more than 250 mph. Research suggests there is a complexity of switches in one human brain more numerous than all the devices on the worldwide web. One prominent neuroscientist predicts that we will find a complexity of synapses far exceeding the number of all the electrical switches on our entire planet.

Consider the human ear. Inside the ear, in a space about the size of a hazelnut, is enough electrical circuitry to wire the phone communications for the entire city of Los Angeles, California. There are about 20,000 sensory hair cells in a cochlea of a normal young human. The softest audible sound has energy equivalents to that given off by a 50-watt light bulb at a distance of 3,000 miles. It moves the eardrum only a distance of 1/10th the diameter of a hydrogen atom or one four-millionth part of the diameter of a fine silk thread. The ear not only enables us to hear, but also gives us an automatic pilot, providing our equilibrium.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and the God who made us wants to have a personal, intimate relationship with us.

“LORD, speak into our lives and direct us this day as we seek to serve You.”