Touch

Out of all our senses the sense of touch has some interesting facts. Touch is the first sense that is developed in a newborn. Touch can reduce the heart rate and lower blood pressure. Touch stimulates the release of endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers, which is why a simple hug can alleviate a person’s pain. Touch, unlike the other five senses, is not restricted to any particular part of the body. Touch is extraordinarily important in the development of both cognitive function and a healthy body. Touch is perhaps the most overlooked sense but is probably the most important.

This is why in the creation process, when it came down to creating the human race, God didn’t speak mankind into existence, like the rest of the things He created, He had to reach out and touch. Genesis 2:7 says “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” When it came down to it, words weren’t enough, God had to put his hands on man and put his finishing touches on all of His creation. 

As I wrap up this post, there are a couple things to take from God’s example back at the beginning of time. 

1) When it comes to relationships, words are not enough. 

The saying goes “You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk.” In other words talk is cheap. I can tell my wife I love her till I’m blue in the face, but if my actions don’t reflect what I say, my words are to no avail. My words mean nothing if they are not backed up by the things I do. James, the brother of Jesus, wrote that faith without works is dead. In laymans terms, you have to put your money where your mouth is. In relationships, whether in marriage or friendship, words fade away but a single touch lasts a lifetime.

2) Life is not meaningless.

When it came down to creating mankind, God had to put his own masterful touch on us. How He created everything else wasn’t good enough for us. The creator of the universe touched the dirt, formed us out of it, and breathed Himself into us. I know some of you reading this think that your life lacks meaning, but when you realize the vast intricate detail that God took in creating the human race, your eyes will be opened to a life full of purpose. You will realize what the psalmist exclaims that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. You will realize that you are created on purpose for a purpose with a purpose. You will see that the meaning behind God creating mankind differently from the entire rest of creation was to show that your life is full of meaning. So no longer hang your head in shame but raise it high. No longer walk slouched over but strut with your chest up tall. You are a child of the King. The God of all creation put His personal touch on you. God’s handiwork is not all around you but all over you. It’s time for you to stop listening to what people say about you and begin seeing who God’s touch meant for you to be.

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