Maybe I’m a slow learner, but something’s just beginning to dawn on me.
God is a mind-boggling organizer. God’s incredible organizing begins at the lowest level, with matter. All of matter is organized into protons, electrons, and neutrons. These atomic particles are organized into elements. Ninety-eight of these elements occur naturally (e.g., hydrogen, helium, and oxygen). As of 2018, scientists have synthesized another twenty in laboratories or nuclear reactors (e.g., plutonium and oganesson). These various elements bind together to form molecules (e.g., helium and oxygen bind together to form water).
From these atoms and molecules we have all the components necessary to sustain life. And life by its very nature is intensely organized. Amino acids bind together to form complex proteins, which are the building blocks of a living cell’s structure. At a minimum, the simplest single-celled organism is organized into different parts: the cell membrane, the cytoplasm, the nucleus, chromosomes, etc. Additionally, many of these single-celled organisms utilize specialized structures to help them move, hunt, and survive in their environment.
And then there are the cells that make up the structures of plants and the bodies of animals. These cells are specialized and organized into tissues. These tissues are organized to form organs (the heart, lungs, brain, etc.). Furthermore, these organs are arranged into the body’s various systems (nervous, circulatory, skeletal, etc.).
And, of course, all of these organs and systems are organized into living, breathing beings. These beings are further arranged into mutualistic relationships. The largest scale symbiotic relationship is between plants and animals. Plants supply oxygen to animals and animals provide desperately needed, but scant, amounts of carbon dioxide to plants. These symbiotic relationships are so common that it appears there is no living thing which can survive without some other living thing.
Humanity is Unique
The most complex and highly-ordered of living things are human beings. In all the physical universe, only humans are capable of communing directly and intimately with their Creator. And as God has done with the rest of the biosphere, He has also highly organized the creatures He identifies as His children. He has specialized each of them to perform specific tasks so that they can create homes, communities, and civilizations. God has specialized some as homemakers and some at protector-providers. He has further specialized many to be builders, craftsmen, scholars, scientists, teachers, mentors, artists, poets, leaders, and managers.
In your home there are displays of the creative genius and skill that God gave to men and women to make its existence possible. God raised up people to harvest the wood for your house’s structure. God raised up people to develop and build the electrical grid which channels power to your home. The food you prepare in your home originates from people whom God has gifted agriculturally. People developed and maintain the public utilities which provide gas and water to your home; God equipped them to develop the necessary technologies and skills.
Nothing is automatic. Nothing “just happens.” God raises up and equips millions of people to do all those jobs which no one person is capable of doing. The car you drive represents the culmination of multiple technologies developed by thousands of people whom God raised up and equipped. The roads you travel—many of which cut through mountains, span ravines, and safely cross rivers—are the result of God’s mind-boggling organization. God has raised up and endowed different people with various gifts and abilities to make all of this happen.
We have a million reasons to look to the heavens and give thanks and praise to the God of heaven.
There is simply no end to God’s organization and blessing. Beyond the scope of humanity we can see God’s caring and organizational hand. The precision-built atmosphere, magnetosphere, and hydrosphere—which protect and nurture all things on this planet—are the result of God’s organization and blessing.
Yet we, like spoiled and ungrateful children, obsess over the handful of things in society that remain broken. We’re preoccupied with the few things that are “out of order.” We continually overlook the multitude of things that are working so we can focus on civilization’s few broken components. What blind and stupid ingrates we are! We have a million reasons to look to the heavens and give thanks and praise to the God of heaven. As the Scripture tells us, “O Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His lovingkindness is everlasting” (Ps. 136:1).
Dear Father in heaven, here and now I acknowledge You as my Creator, sustainer, and redeemer. You have given me life, breath, and all the blessings that fill my life. Here and now I thank You for my very existence. Thank You, also, O God, for the multiplied millions of others You have raised up to build the caring and comfortable civilization we live in. Most of all, thank You, O God, for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for judging Him in my place that I might be saved eternally and enjoy the sunshine of Your marvelous love. Amen.