Fingernails and 6 reasons to believe in God

June 22nd, 2011 · by Tom Stuart · Uncategorized

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Psalm 139:14

I have found that one of the most frequent reminders to praise God for being fearfully and wonderfully made, is the fingernail.  Albeit it is small and definitely not as important as other features and functions of the human body, it is nonetheless an amazing aspect of God’s creation. 

This truth has been hammered (Ouch!) home to me this summer as I have been fumbling my way through adding a stairway and new rails to my second floor deck.  A well equipped tool belt does not a carpenter make.  And having already suffered too many bruises and slivers to enumerate I can readily acknowledge this is not my calling.  But in spite of all that, I have repeatedly been praising God for one of the most versatile tools ever created; and it is not found in any tool belt.  It is literally at the tip of everyone’s fingers.  It is the fingernail. 

It has caused me on more than one occasion to pause and think about the wonder of God’s creation.  If as the Bible says “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” then fingernails must declare His loving attention to detail. (Psalm 19:1)

Here are six reasons why fingernails reinforce my belief in a Creator God.

  1. Fingernails provide protection – especially from misguided hammers.  They protect the soft tissue of the fingertip from injury.  Nails are made of tough protein called keratin.  They have no nerve endings and are impervious to sharp or injurious objects.  Functioning like a shield they protect the most exposed and vulnerable part of the finger, the top of its tip.  Many accidents are thwarted or could have been much worse if it were not for fingernails.  Praise God for that!
  2. Fingernails function as a precision tool.  They extend the finger’s pressure grip with a precision, enabling you to pick up the tiniest of objects.  The ability to extract a sliver from your finger can then become cause for praising God.
  3. Fingernails enhance the sensitivity of the fingertip.  Although nails have no nerve endings they provide a counter pressure on the tip of the finger that increases its sensitivity to touch.  They also enable the finger to function with greater sensitivity when delicate tasks and movement are required like holding nails and screws.
  4. Fingernails function as an abrasion tool.  They enable us to scrape and clean when just the right product or tool is not readily available. You can praise God then for a solution when you spill ketchup on your shirt at the church picnic.
  5. Fingernails also enhance the aesthetics of the fingers and hand.  When healthy nails are groomed and for women when painted, they add grace and beauty to the hand.  Thank God for the fingernail inspection when you want to know if your child has washed his hands before dinner.
  6. Fingernails are percussion instruments.  They can be used to provide musical entertainment.  They enable the fingertips in drum rhythmically to a familiar tune or nervously tap out a solo to pass the time.  With fingernails, you never have a legitimate reason to complain about being bored.  You can praise God in all circumstances!  (1Thesasalonians 5:18)

I welcome your observations, comments and additions to this conversation.

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3 Responses to “Fingernails and 6 reasons to believe in God”

  1. Here it is 3:30 AM on a Sunday morning and I’m in the beginnings of my prayer/study time and I just ( for some odd reason) noticed my big toe’s nail and thought, ” God, why do we have nails ?” This makes me chuckle a little as I amuse myself in wondering if God is saying ” Of all the things you could ask of me, you ask this ?” So I took a slight detour and hit up Google and yours was the first hit so and since you have a spot to comment, I thought I might as well leave one. This blog you started a while back I see, no matter your answer to my puzzling question satisfied me though I think the Lord gave me the reasoning ability beforehand but it was still fun to search ! Someday I hope to enjoy all the good aspects of fingernails, I’ve been a serious nail biter all my life and since I’ve passed the half century mark a few years back, I’d better get busy breaking my awful habit before it’s too late ! It’s nearly Christmas so I will wish you a very merry Christmas and may the joy of and in our living Hope bring you peace.

  2. Thanks for your comment on this “nails” blog post and Christmas blessing. May the wonder of God’s creative genius and redemptive intervention continually encourage and strengthen you to live a life that pleases him.

  3. Alexander Duvall May 7, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Nailed it! (Sorry, I had to.) So, why do you think that God gave humans toenails? I was just contemplating on this and I wasn’t sure… is it just for symmetry, for mystical (symbolic) meaning, or is there some utility as well? I couldn’t find anything on it… (not that I looked for long… I just don’t have time since it’s finals week.)

    (Here’s to revisiting this interesting topic a year and a half later :p )

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