Today's Foundations Devotional: All the hairs on your head are accounted for

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Memory verse:

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become

the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

(1 Corinthians 15:20)

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Yesterday we’ve read David’s account of the process that produced the materials for his body. This is remarkably confirmed by the conclusions of Dr. Fujita, a prominent Japanese pharmacologist who spent many years seeking an answer to the question, What is life? His research was confined to the material realm. Within this realm he analysed many different forms of life, both animal and vegetable. Eventually he concluded that minerals are the basic, common constituent in all these forms.

However, the revelation of Scripture goes beyond these bare scientific facts. It discloses that God keeps a complete and detailed record of all the elements that make up our bodies. There is no part too small or too unimportant to be included in God’s record. Jesus tells us:

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30).

In the light of this revelation, we find that there is a close and illuminating parallel between the original process by which God formed man’s physical body and the process by which He will once again resurrect that body from death.

In the original process of forming man’s body, God first appointed and prepared its various material elements while they were still in the earth. Then, as these appointed elements were assembled together to constitute man’s body, God kept a precise and careful record of each part and each member.

After death the body decomposes once again into its material elements. But God, who foreordained the special elements of each individual body, still keeps a record of each element. At the moment of resurrection, by His same creative power, He will once again reassemble every one of the original elements and thus reconstitute the same body.

The only major difference is that the original process of forming the body was apparently gradual, while the process of reconstituting the body at the resurrection will be instantaneous. However, in relation to God’s supreme and sovereign control of both time and space, the actual length of time required is of no significance whatever.

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Prayer:

Thank You Father, that I may praise Your omnipotence and infinite

greatness, that You will soon raise us up from the dead, and then

make us to be with You forever. Thank You Lord that I may long for

that, but until that time You also use us to be Your witness. Amen.

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