Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
Designed By God
In the early days of the automobile a man’s Model-T Ford stalled in the middle of the road. He couldn’t get it started no matter how hard he cranked nor how much he tried to advance the spark or adjust things under the hood. Just then a chauffeured limousine pulled up behind him, and a wiry, energetic man stepped out from the back seat and offered his assistance. After tinkering for a few moments the stranger said, “Now try it.” Immediately the engine leaped to life. The well-dressed individual then identified himself as Henry Ford. “I designed and built these cars,” he said, “so I know what to do when something goes wrong.” God, as our Creator knows how to “fix” us when our lives are broken by sin. (Author unknown)
The Bible is the mind of God revealed to man to guide him, instruct him and the manual that describes what makes man special and unique. Unlike the animals of the world, man is an eternal creature that will never cease to exist. Made in the image of God, man is in the character of the divine that when life begins it will never cease. The mortal body is merely a frame that houses the life of the individual through a period of time but will eventually die. What remains is what man has always been and that is eternal. As Creator of heaven and earth and the designer of man, God has the right to tell man how to live. The Lord alone is the maker of man with the authority of creation to tell man where to find happiness, joy, fulfillment and lasting peace. From the beginning of time the struggle of man has been to believe he is his own god pursuing his own will apart from God. The results are always tragic because man refuses to pattern his life after the design given to him by his Creator. All men are made in the image of God. If there are problems in a man’s life the only place he will find the answer is in the knowledge of the One who created him. All the tinkering of man to fix himself will come to naught.
Happiness for man comes only from his willingness to listen to the word of God, his Creator. All of the questions that man has can be answered from the word of God. The challenges of life that press hard upon the spirit of man can be relieved through the knowledge of the will of the Lord. Marriages are made whole through the teachings of Jesus Christ. Families are united as one through the practice of the principles of godliness, holiness and purity found in the mind of God. Troubles in the work place are solved through the relationship of living a Christian life. Hope for tomorrow and understanding the frailty of life with the reality of death are solved in the word of God. Man has longed believed he is the sole center of his universe and this is where the tragedy of man has come full circle. When man replaces his Creator with his own selfish desires as the center of his life he worships a god of clay and straw. Life can be complete only when God is the meaning of life, the purpose of living and the hope of what lies ahead. The Lord God made us – He knows how to fix us.