Did you know the heart circulates blood through at least 1,500 miles of vessels in your body? In order to achieve this feat, the heart needs to keep beating 100,000 times per day.
Can you imagine how much energy and friction the heart produces? That’s why God designed a special lubricant inside the pericardial sac that allows the heart to move around with little friction. If it were not for this protected sac, the heart would create enough heat to kill us.
Here is another interesting fact. Do you ever need to tell your heart to keep beating? No. The answer is because the heart is part of the autonomic nervous system, which continually transmits signals without fail. It is intelligently designed to generate these electrical signals to the muscles in the upper chamber for maximal equilibrium of the body. I am glad I don’t have to tell my heart to beat every second so I can concentrate on writing this paragraph.
Paul was right when he said, “For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen in nature (Rom. 1:20).” Humans, who are part of the natural world, are a testimony to the ingenuity of God.
Despite the ingenuity of the heart’s design, it won’t last forever. There will come a day when our heart stops. Thankfully, the same God who designed our hearts to sustain us physically has given us a spiritual heart that will last for eternity.
He gives us these encouraging words in Ezekiel 36:26: “I [God] will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
Do you believe this? You may have a healthy heart today, but is your spiritual life in tip-top shape? If not, go to the cross. Ask God to pardon you of your sickness. He tells us in Acts 2:38 to “repent and be baptized” for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. There is no greater news than this!
Adapted from Heart-Constantly Beating Death by Heather Brinson Bruce