Our DNA: The Fingerprint Of God
By Peter Lundell
People talk casually about their DNA and how it determines who they are. So I wondered, Is that something through which I can connect with God?
Under super magnification the DNA molecule looks like a spiraling ladder, commonly called a “double helix.” DNA is made up of four chemical bases linked like ladder rungs along the spiraling helix.
DNA contains the genetic instructions—twisted, compacted, and packaged into X-shaped chromosomes—that direct every nucleus of living cells. They might be human, animal, plant, even virus (though viruses act differently—they’re always bad boys). Humans have twenty-three pairs of chromosomes (including those pesky Y chromosomes responsible for all the men in the world).
A set of human chromosomes contains as many as three billion codes. If you printed them all out into books, each four hundred pages long, it would take five thousand (yes, 5000) books to contain the information of your DNA molecules in the nucleus of a single cell. I can’t even imagine how this happens.
DNA directs the building of each protein in an organism and makes every living cell an exact part of the living creature it becomes or maintains. To do that, it includes a jaw-droppingly intricate system for self-replication.
DNA is more complicated than anything else on earth. And the information of the DNA is independent from its structure. That means it did not—and could not—have randomly evolved, any more than a computer program that runs the world could evolve out of computer hardware. Someone carefully created our DNA.
As Psalm 139:14 says, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (KJV). God’s fingerprint is on every cell of our bodies. You can’t get more intimate than that.
PRAYER: Lord, today I affirm that I am Your work of art, with Your fingerprint on every cell of my being. I am Yours because You made me; I am Yours because You redeemed me, and I am Yours because I dedicate myself to You.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Thy works and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from Thee, when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth,” Psalm 139:14-15 KJV.
Today’s devotion is by Peter Lundell, author of Prayer Power. A rising new voice on connecting with God, he is a pastor, Bible college teacher, and conference speaker. Visit him at www.PeterLundell.com for his inspirational “Connections” and free downloads of articles, parables, short stories, and book chapters.