The Mind of God
This week I watched a television programme about an unsung British success story – the UK Biobank research programme; the world’s largest study of human genetic, lifestyle and health data. Over two decades, the organisation will create the biggest collection of brain, heart, bone and artery scans, as well as genetic data from blood samples, taken from 500,000 participants. Its purpose? To map the human body in order to provide early warning of conditions like heart disease, cancer and dementia, treating or preventing them long before there are any symptoms.
If you, like me, marvel at the capacity of the human brain to pull off such a dazzling achievement, consider the mind of our Almighty God who “made the heavens and the earth by his great power and outstretched arm (Jeremiah 32:17)” and then brought forth humankind from the dust to become the pinnacle of his creation.
Yes, we can sequence the entire human genome, but it was God who wrote the code. Sure, we can use our knowledge to treat and even prevent diseases, but only God has power over life and death (John 11:25). He knit us together in our Mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 ) and at any given time even knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7).
I applaud UK Biobank for their visionary approach to human health. But when I reflect on all that our Loving Father has done for little old me, I can only do one thing – fall down and worship Him.
About the Writer:
Peter Mill is a Regional Co-Pastor for GCI in Scotland and Ireland