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Universal Engineer

No one has yet shown how man could have been brought forth from

non-man solely by time plus chance. (Francis A. Schaeffer)

“That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy” (Jonathan Swift). “When we see a beautiful machine, we say there is a good engineer, and he or she has performed a great work of art; the world is assuredly a beautiful machine, and must therefore attribute its value to an intelligent designer” (Voltaire). “God is the engineer of the universe and there is about us, if only we have eyes to see, a creation of such spectacular profusion, spendthrift richness, and absurd detail, as to make us catch our breath in astonished wonder” (Michael Mayne).

With that being said it is important to remember that our existence is not accidental or even a mistake. Your creation was intentional, and you were designed for a specific purpose by the engineer of life. Somewhere in eternity past God looked into the mirror of His need and saw a reflection of your face and mine; He then decided on our existence.

Jeremiah the prophet speaking on behalf of God declared, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born, I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” The Lord already had a plan for Jeremiah’s life long before his mother labored in bringing him into this world. His parents were simply vessels that God used to get him in the right place at the right time in accordance with His plan. You may not know your biological father or mother. And possibly, because of some unfortunate circumstance, you were given up for adoption or abandoned—it doesn’t matter. God has His hand on you; He brought you into this world and loves you very much. You are more than matter or the result of a chemical reaction.

In some ancient cultures the mother of a child who moved away would tattoo his or her name in the palm of her hand. It was symbol of her undying love and passion for that child. The prophet Isaiah refers to this practice in his writings, “Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I your God and creator will not forget you! See, I have written your name on my hand and my eyes are continually upon you” (Isaiah 49:15-16). God has promised that He will never forget you. Your name is inscribed on His heart and you mean everything to Him. “No philosophical theory which I have yet come across is a radical improvement on the words of Genesis, that in the beginning God made Heaven and Earth” (C. S. Lewis).

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