Lately, when I have gone to the bank I’ve noticed that I now only have to show some identification and then put my right thumb on a biometric reader. This effortless action conjures up all the information needed from my personal bank account and I’m able to withdraw my money without any further procedures.
This simple technological transaction led me to contemplate the way God created each of us so that every human being has a different set of fingerprints. With billions of people upon the earth, each individual has a fingerprint that is unique and unrepeatable. An internet search revealed that even identical twins don’t have identical fingerprints!
God created this uniqueness in our fingerprints, along with other distinct characteristics that each individual possesses. We were not made in series like dolls on the assembly line. Rather, He took delight in creating us in His image and likeness and stamped upon our fingers the identifying imprint of His singular creation. He created us with love, and His Word says that even the very hairs on our head are numbered.1
All around us we find God’s stamp that bears witness of His perfection. All of creation carries His signature, His seal, that says we are His workmanship and, most importantly, that He loves each of us as if there were only one of us.2
You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.—Psalm 139:13–18 NIV
1. See Luke 12:7.
2. See Ephesians 2:10.