Used by permission, Alpha Omega Institute
If you are able, rise up and stand still. Just standing still doesn’t seem like much, does it? But if you continue to stand for awhile, you will get tired. A lot of muscles are invisibly working for you to enable you to stand. Your body has to fight against the force of gravity, and in doing so, uses energy. Many muscles in your feet, legs, pelvis, spine, stomach, and shoulders, are constantly tightening and loosening to align your bones to carry your weight to the ground.
Now look down to your feet. Not much to get excited about, right? Your feet might seem feeble, puny and ordinary, but the Bible says: For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because lam not the hand, lam not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?…But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem more feeble, are necessary. (I Corinthians 12: 14-15, 20-22). Our bodies have many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. Suppose that the body was just an ear? How could we see? Or just an eye? How could you smell? God has made many parts for our body and put them just where He wants them. So He has made the body with many parts, but there is still only one body. Some of the parts that seem the least important are really the most necessary. Your foot may seem humble, but it is very important.
The human foot with its five toes is a marvel in construction. The feet and toes are important parts in body movement. They carry and move the weight of the body during walking and running, and help to keep balance as the body moves. The foot can adjust itself to different surfaces and is able to have incredible amounts of force put upon it. It has been estimated that each step of an adult places 900 pounds per square inch on the bottom of the foot! Each foot is made up of twenty-six bones of different sizes and shapes which make up the ankle, top and bottom of the foot, and toes. The foot also has about thirty-three muscles, some of which are connected to the lower leg. The different bones move along gliding joints, which allow flexibility, and a small amount of motion. The bones of the foot are placed in such a way as to form several arches. The long arch from the heel to the ball of the foot is the most important of these. The arches are supported and held in place with ligaments and strong muscles in a way that can carry the weight of the body, very much like steel cables carry the load of a suspension bridge. The flexible arches also act as shock absorbers to soften the impact when walking on a hard surface. The foot is a miniature suspension bridge. However, it is more complicated than any manmade bridge. The design of the foot gives it flexibility, making walking, running and other movements possible. If the foot were stiff and flat, and hooked solidly to the bone of the leg, walking would be nearly impossible.
Being able to walk and move from place to place and to balance an upright body on a relatively small platform (the feet) is an amazing feature of the human body. The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering. If you asked anyone, “Do you think the suspension bridge over the Royal Gorge just happened by chance and accident?”, they would think you were crazy. Some people who believe in evolution believe that the human foot (an even more complex mechanism than a bridge) accidentally happened by chance without a master designer.
The human foot has been duplicated billions and billions of times in every human birth with exactly the same shape and form and with the same number of bones, tendons, muscles and nerves. The wonders of the “humble” foot demand a master engineer! That engineer is God the Creator!