The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made both of them.
I am sure that Audiologists, Optometrists, and Opthamologists are thankful for the fact of this verse. On a factual level we learn that God is the One who made our eyes and ears. Some might take this very lightly - and see this as a kind of "duh" statement. There are two ways that we will take a few minutes today to see this truth given to us in Proverbs.
The Lord made the seeing eye. That is a far more amazing thing than we realize. There are few things in this world more absolutely amazing than the way an eye. When we take time to seriously consider this - we will come away with an utter astonishment at God's handiwork.
The eye is so astounding in what it does that no less than Charles Darwin said this about the supposed evolution of the eye in his book, The Origin of the Species.
"To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree."
Of course Darwin later said that this problem was just an illusion and explained how the eye evolved. Sadly, though, Darwin had no idea just how utterly complex the eye actually is. Just to have a photocell receive light involves a complex series of protein interactions. Most animals without any kind of eye or eye-spot system - would have to evolve these proteins, learn to facilitate their interaction, as well as develop a nerve pathway to their brain through which these interactions could be interpreted, understood, and used for whatever reason sight would be developed. This is to say nothing of the complexity of the retina and the optic nerve - which both are almost beyond comprehension in how they work - not again to mention how they would be formed through materials that don't exist within the species that supposedly are developing them. What I've described is just a series of chemical reactions that would have to develop in an animal for the purpose of making sight possible in the chemical sphere. There is also the amazing way that our eyes function similarly to a video camera - except with an almost infinitely more minute ability to focus and move. Our eyes move due to six sets of muscles on each eye that work in marvelous coordination so that we can experience binocular vision. There is also the way that our tear ducts wash and protect our eyes from drying out and the way our eyelids provide protection and a way to evenly distribute the water formed by our tear ducts over our entire eye. A group of mathmeticians tried to figure out the number of calculations that it would take for a man to dribble a few times - focus his eyes on a basket - and use his eyes to coordinate his muscles so as to make a 15 foot set shot in basketball. This action alone would fry our greatest supercomputer - and keep it busy for days. Yet our eyes do that work in a matter of a couple of seconds and quickly move on to the next task necessary. The complexity of the human eye is enough to boggle the mind. Thus to say that God made it is not something overly simple - but actually something that is absolutely true in every way.
When we look at the human eye we should not think of randomness and something that happened by accident. What we should see is a small part of the body that is so astounding in what it does that we see the handiwork of God. Rather than try to make a ridiculous way that the human eye could have developed by random unguided processes. It is truly fascinating what some will do to make sure that there is not a God Who rules the affairs of men - and sets a standard of conduct for them to follow. I guess it goes to show that even though God gave men a glorious organ by which he can see - men are still blind to the One Who gave it to them.
Proverb a Day
Each day, we'll take a look at a verse from the chapter of Proverbs for the day. Our hope is to gain wisdom each day - and from that wisdom - to have understanding to make godly decisions in the throes of everyday life.
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