Daily Devotional – September 14
Have you ever noticed that you cannot see moths’ eyes reflecting back? Moths see well at night, but their eyes have a special built-in anti-glare feature so that light is not reflected to alert predators of their location. Scientists were intrigued by this special anti-glare feature and wanted to copy the moth’s eye so that our TVs, cell phones and other products could have glare-free displays. What they found was an orderly array of tiny bumps on the surface of the moth’s eye. These tiny bumps are so small that the wavelengths of visible light are deflected and absorbed instead of being reflected back. This is very similar to how a sound-proof room is made, except, on a larger scale; ridge-shaped foam lines the room, so the incoming sound waves are deflected into the walls and absorbed. When the moth-eye nanostructure technology was applied to solar cells, the glare was reduced from 35-40 % to only 2%.
When we have a glaring problem, like the reflection of light on solar cells, look to see how God has solved the problem. These scientists simply copied what had already been made, that is, they recognized a good design when they saw it. In the future, your anti-glare cell phone may have moth eyes!
O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
~ Isaiah 25:1
Daily Devotional – September 13
Trilobites once lived on the ocean floor. We have identified many different species of trilobites; most had two compound eyes, some had no eyes, and others had eyes on stalks like snails. But all trilobite eyes have been found to be unique and complex. Their eyes were not made of living cells, but of a see-through-crystal substance like tiny “rock crystals”. That is why the eyes of these creatures were easily fossilized and we can know so much about them. Each compound eye is made up of many single lenses. The optics of these “rock crystals” allowed the trilobite to see things equally well whether they were far away or close up - at the same time! How trilobites were able to do this is very complicated. Each “rock crystal” was made up of two materials. These two lenses were affixed to each other and so designed that they solved the problem of blurriness or spherical aberration. We did not solve these optics problems until Rene Descartes (1637), Christian Huygen (1690), and others addressed the problem. These scientists had to employ difficult mathematical formulas that allow us to enjoy the optics we use today. Yet, the trilobites’ eyes used these laws of optics for their complex lenses.
Trilobites are mostly found in Cambrian rock. The Cambrian layer is near the bottom of the geological column that evolutionists claim contain the fossilized remains of the simplest creatures. Do trilobite eyes sound simple? Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti, an expert on trilobites, said that the eyes of a trilobite could qualify for a patent. The design of the trilobite eye makes use of Fermat’s principle, the Abbe sine law, Snell’s laws of refraction, and the optics of birefringent crystals. Of course, the God of the universe, who made the trilobite eye, does not need to patent his invention. He owns everything anyway.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
~ Psalm 145:4
Daily Devotional – September 12
Under a thick ice sheet in Greenland, scientists discovered a new “Grand Canyon.” Using airborne radar to see through the two mile thick ice sheets, scientists discovered a huge canyon, similar to the Grand Canyon, that is located in Arizona. This hidden Greenland canyon is about half as deep (2,600 feet deep) but twice as long (almost 600 miles) as the Grand Canyon.
Greenland’s canyon begins in the middle of the country and continues northward to the sea; it is the world’s longest canyon. Scientists were surprised to find the canyon with “the distinctive V-shaped walls” because this means it must be a river valley and not a U-shaped glacier carved valley. The valley must have been carved prior to Greenland being covered with ice. If we put on our biblical glasses, we will understand exactly how this valley was formed. During the closing stages of the global Flood, the fast-moving, sediment-filled, high-energy runoff waters carved canyons at many locations around the world. This happened as the yearlong Flood waters drained off the continents, about 4400 years ago, carving out canyons in the newly-formed land masses. Later, tiny rivers flowed at the bottom of these huge canyons, or in the case of Greenland, a huge canyon to be later covered by miles of ice.
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
~ 2 Peter 3:6
Daily Devotional – September 11
Even the poop from baby song-birds reveal the design of God.
Baby song birds are always hungry, and the parent is continually feeding them, but what goes in one end…must come out the other! The nest could easily become a real mess. Imagine the bird nests filling up with bird excrement as the baby birds are pushed closer and closer to the rim by the rising sewage.
The presence of this fecal matter would not only be unhealthy but enable predators to easily detect their location. How does nature solve this problem? Disposable diapers. Each chick’s fecal matter has a mucous membrane that surrounds it. The chick generally defecates within seconds of being fed. The parent then removes this fecal sac and deposits it away from the nest as it flies off to find additional food for the chicks. Shortly before the chicks fledge (fly away from the nest), they stop producing fecal sacs.
When you see tiny baby birds in their nests, think of how God has provided for their cleanliness and safety using the world’s FIRST biodegradable, disposable diapers!
I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.
~ Psalm 50:11
Daily Devotional – September 10
A common illustration used in biology textbooks shows the forelimb of a bat, bird, dolphin, and human. These forearm bones have a similar design even though the specific parts are completely different in size, shape, and function. This comparison is known as “homologous structures.” It is taught that similar features of different organisms prove that they had a common ancestor. Advanced biology books state that the source of similar structures is the “common gene coding areas” in each embryo’s DNA coding. Yet, this was disproven over 30 years ago. We know that similar structures in different creatures come from completely different genes1 – meaning there is no scientific reason to believe that homologous structures are the result of common origin.
Even more dishonest is the selective use of “similar structures” to support the belief in evolution. The eye of a cephalopod (octopus) is FAR more similar to the human eyeball than the arm of a human is similar to the arm of a bat, bird, or dolphin. Yet nobody thinks there is any close ancestral relationship between an octopus and a human. Thus, quite dissimilar features (like the flipper of a dolphin and the arm of a human) ARE considered proof of evolution while almost exact similarities (like the eye of an octopus and that of a human) ARE NOT considered ancestral relationships. This smacks of a double standard.
The picking and choosing of which features to accept and which features to ignore is evidence that evolution is actually story-telling and not science. Similarity in features, which appear throughout the animal kingdom, is evidence of a common designer. God designed the best from the beginning and just continued using the same design when needed.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
- Isaiah 55:8
Daily Devotional – September 9
There are billion-dollar hotels in Las Vegas because the owners know that they are going to make money from the majority of people coming through their doors. Statistics is science and assures us that certain things are either going to happen or not.
Statistics can also be used to prove that life could never have made itself. There are an estimated 1080 atoms in the entire universe. Even if our universe were 15 billion years old (1018 seconds) and each of these atoms are interacting with each other every trillionth of a second, this would only allow 10112 possible chemical interactions since the beginning of time. Let’s compare that number (10112) to the odds of the correct proteins and enzymes, needed for life, coming into existence by chance processes.
It is believed that the very simplest form of life would require at least 20 proteins and 387 enzymes – all with very specific sequences of amino acids.1 If the average sequence of these chemicals is 10 amino acids, the odds of these amino acid arrangements forming by random chance would be 20 raised to the 10th power raised to the 387th power. In other words, once in 105035 tries. This is absurdly less likely than the 10112 possible interactions of every atom in the history of the universe. Once in a trillion odds would be like flipping a coin and randomly getting heads 40 times in a row. No-one would ever believe this could happen. Once in 105035 is an inconceivable impossibility.
God has made it absolutely obvious; the molecules of life were designed by intelligence, not chance.
[I will do mighty wonders ] that they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, that the Holy One of Israel hath created it.
~ Isaiah 41:20
Daily Devotional – September 8
Have you considered the tiger swallowtail butterfly? In order not to be eaten, it has three disguises it uses through its various stages to adulthood.
- The newly hatched larva looks like bird droppings. What bird would want to eat bird poop?! Three molts later, the caterpillar has turned green to match the leaves upon which it feeds.
- In addition, the head of the caterpillar’s green plump body has two large spots that resemble snake eyes. Birds that eat caterpillars hate snakes!
- Finally, in its pupa stage, the tiger swallowtail looks like a broken twig on a tree.
These three disguises reflect a great deal of knowledge about the behavior of the creature that wants to eat this butterfly.
- How did the larva grow itself to look like bird droppings? Did he look at droppings, know that birds don’t eat droppings, and decide to transform his body to look like that?
- At its third molt, how did it know to put the eyes of a snake on its green body? How did it know that birds are afraid of snakes? Had the caterpillar seen a snake?
- During its pupa stage, how did it figure out how to color itself with the color and shape of a broken twig?
Evolutionists believe that because these things give the tiger swallowtail a survival advantage, they all just happened over huge time periods by accident and chance. Does this really make sense? The tiger swallowtail is a master of disguises, but he was provided that by our loving Creator.
The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive...
~ Psalm 41:2a
Daily Devotional – September 7
Why would God make galaxies? We live in the Milky Way galaxy, which contains over 100 billion stars. Our galaxy is disk-shaped with a bulge in the middle. The Earth is located on one of the arms of this spiral galaxy. About 30 of our closest galaxies are grouped into a cluster called “The Local Group.” Another cluster is called the “Virgo cluster,” which has about 2,000 galaxies. Between these clusters of galaxies are voids. It is estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies. But why aren’t stars just randomly dispersed across the universe?
Galaxies have a special purpose. Galaxies are visible from greater distances than a single star could ever be. It is much easier to see a group of stars in a galaxy than one lone star! Take a piece of paper, and draw one star on it. Take another paper, and draw many stars on it. Now walk to the other side of the room. Which is easier to see, one star or a large group of stars? Galaxies allow us to understand the enormous size of the universe and the power of God in a way that single stars evenly dispersed around the universe could not. The heavens do declare the glory of God, but we could never know the vastness and the quantity of the stars in the universe if they were not grouped into galaxies.
Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
~ Isaiah 40:26
Daily Devotional – September 6
One of Australia’s more bizarre creatures is the thorny devil. It looks like a walking cactus with sharp spikes all over its body. In the desert, there is not much water, but during the cool nights, dew collects on the lizard’s spikes. Tiny grooves or channels between the spikes direct the condensed water to the thorny devil’s mouth - allowing him to quench his thirst. The water is not moved by a pump or gravity, but by capillary action. You can see capillary action by placing a straw into a glass of water. Notice that the water rises up into the straw above the level of water in the glass. The smaller the channel, the further up the water will flow. Once water is in the grooves, all the lizard needs to do is swallow - this action sucks the water to his mouth, which in turn causes more water to move along the grooves.
Not only can the thorny lizard capture moisture at night from dew, it can also remove moisture from the vegetation it moves through by rubbing his belly on wet rocks or kicking damp sand on his back. What a design! The system effectively and efficiently sucks water from all over his body. He uses this superpower to the hilt, like a walking sponge; the thorny devil gathers all the water he needs. It is hard to believe that this system of grooves came about by accident and chance through millions of years. This system of spikes and grooves needed to be present from the beginning in order for the lizard to survive in a desert environment. What an ingenious water-collecting system!
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness….
~ Isaiah 43:20
Daily Devotional – September 5
When Europeans first settled in Australia, they recorded Aboriginal stories of a creature called the bunyip. This huge creature lived in swamps and had a “blood-chilling cry.” In the 1800s, in Victoria, Australia, the bones of a bunyip were found. It was reported in the July 1845 edition of the Goolong Advertiser newspaper that an Aboriginal had identified this as a bunyip bone. He then drew a picture of the bunyip. This picture was taken to other Aborigines, who had no chance to communicate with the first one, and each identified the bone and picture as a bunyip. The newspaper reported a number of sightings of the bunyip; it looked like an alligator standing 12 feet tall. Its hind legs were thick and strong, with forelegs longer. It had long claws. It could swim. It walked on land with its hind legs and head erect. It was covered with multicolored scales and laid pale blue eggs double the size of an emu’s egg. Its snout was like a duck’s bill.
The description and newspaper sketch bear a strong resemblance to the duck-billed dinosaurs - 13 years before the first fossil duck-billed dinosaur bone was described. Dinosaurs and man did live together. Today, many dinosaurs have gone extinct. When we put on our biblical glasses, we would expect these types of widespread reports after the Flood as the dinosaurs left the ark and spread out and filled the Earth.
Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.
~ Genesis 8:19