Your Amazing Brain

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“Thus saith the Lord…I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them” (Ezekiel 11:15).

Your brain is a three-pound bundle of gray and white matter, so wonderfully made that only God knows how it works. Medical scientists and researchers try to understand it. It is indeed God’s special creation. People marvel at what computers can do, but all the computers in the world put together could not match what your brain can do.

Researchers have learned many things about the brain’s construction. They know its thirty billion nerve cells are all interconnected; they know that almost every act of your body takes place only after the brain has instructed it. They know that what your ears hear and eyes see are sent to your brain to make sense. They know that your brain lets the taste buds in your tongue tell you if what you’re eating is sweet, sour, or bitter. They also know that your brain sends messages to your heart or lungs to work faster or slower, and many, many other actions. Yes, researchers may learn much about the cells and nerves of your brain, but they cannot explain how each of them has its individual part in forming the way of your life.

These processes, among many other things, set human beings apart from animals. When God made man’s body, He made his brain distinct and superior to all other creation. Nothing else but God could produce language, music, and technical skills. Did you ever see a cow enjoy a beautiful view or a horse study a sunset? Did a monkey ever invent a piece of machinery or a hog write a poem? Of course not. Such things are true only of mankind, whom God has made in His own image.

Scientists are just beginning to understand some of the workings of the brain. They have determined which part controls thought, memory and function. But they cannot explain how just hearing a certain song will remind you of something that took place years ago, or how the smell of a flower will perhaps instantly remind you of a long-past picnic in the woods.

In other words, although we can see the brain, we cannot see the mind. Like our verse says, only God sees the mind, because it is one of the invisible wonders of His creation. It is through the mind (sometimes referred to in the Bible as the heart) that we understand that we are sinners, responsible to God and need to have those sins forgiven. It is through the same mind that, when we read the Bible, we understand what we read. With it we understand that the Lord Jesus died for our sins and that He will forgive and cleanse us if we accept Him as our Savior. “With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:10).

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