For every house is built by someone, but He who
built all things is God (Heb 3:4).
recent travels to the city of Chicago, I had the opportunity to go on a tour of
the well-known buildings in downtown. It is hard not to be impressed when
standing dwarfed before the Willis Tower, the second tallest currently in the
United States. The Marina City and the Aqua buildings, which have curved ledges
giving them the respective appearances of corncobs and sand dunes, amused me
greatly. They are works of art, but they are built with function in mind to
accommodate thousands of people living and working in them each day. Just by
looking at these feats of engineering, you can tell they were built to precise
specifications from carefully drawn plans.
It is no
wonder that since the time of the Tower of Babel, mankind has felt proud from
building “a tower whose top is in the heavens” (Gen 11:4). These high-rise
buildings made of brick, steel, and concrete look stalwart and permanent. They
can elevate man’s confidence in his own abilities when seen as testaments of
man’s ingenuity. However, we know that no matter how man plans, so-called
skyscrapers will never be able to reach the ends of the sky. Forces of nature
beyond man’s control, such as earthquakes or tornados, can easily level these
buildings. Over time, the most durable materials will crumble and rust. Man’s
creations remain standing only because God allows them to.
If we look
at an inanimate building and know it must have a builder, how much more so what
is infinitely more complex – that which is living and breathing! We can see the
marks of God, who alone holds life in His hands, in the endless varieties of
plants and animals in the world (cf. Rom 1:20). And humans – including you and
me! – are His masterpieces. The One truly worthy of admiration is He who
enables man with the creativity and logic to invent and build.
look at all the things around us with the knowledge that it was brought forth
by the hand of a masterful and loving Builder, we will see with a different
perspective. From concept to design to execution, the Master Builder is
unparalleled and is deserving of our awe and gratitude.
Questions for Reflection
you look at all the things around you, do you give God the credit or man?
a break today to take a brief walk. Notice each thing that comes into sight,
ponder about how each comes from God, and give Him your thanks.