Daily Devotions: January 11, 2018

Psalm 139:13-18

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” vs. 14

There’s a lot of talk these days about artificial intelligence and the possibility that one day we’ll be able to manufacture robots that can outperform humans. The psalmist would roll his eyes at such presumption…and we should too! Even though many of us occasionally call ourselves “idiots” and are quick to disparage our own capabilities, the truth is that each of us are, in the psalmist’s words, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Our parts are knit together with mind-boggling intricacy and the resulting bodies are works of art. A parent looking at a newborn child can only marvel that a seemingly random encounter of a sperm and an egg can produce something so perfect and beautiful. We can work endlessly in our laboratories to understand bodily functions and unravel the secrets of genetic codes, but we can’t replicate that which God has wrought. No wonder the psalmist had nothing but praise and thanks for the Lord. He knew how spectacular it was to be a living creature in this amazing universe. What a blessing it is when we can embrace our bodies as a precious gift and then carefully tend to their nurture and development. Obviously each of us have unique and distinct gifts, some more valued in our culture than others, but all of us have a special place in the heart of God. All have been molded according to God’s design.

Thought for the Day: How well am I taking care of my body?

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