Daily Devotional – July 28
What are scientists up to now? They are making a “robosnail,” a snail-like robot. Why would a scientist be copying a slimy snail? If you want to build something that moves over all terrains, what better creature to copy? A snail creeps forward on a layer of gooey slime; thicker goo allows it to move faster, while thinner slime offers more resistance. The ten-inch “robosnail” is a mass of gears, wiring and pieces of plastic that creates a series of slow, undulating waves along its rubbery membrane “foot”, which allows it to creep forward slowly. “Robosnail” is only able to move on flat surfaces.
Today, surprisingly, scientists are finding that liquids on a smaller scale behave in a different way. The smaller the scale, the more “sticky” a liquid seems to be. For example, when maple syrup is on a plate and you move your finger back-and-forth, the area covered by the thinnest layer of syrup is the hardest to move through. Scientists still have much to learn. You could say we trail the snail in technology. God knew what He was doing when he designed such a “slick” way of moving.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name;
~ Psalm 29:2a
Daily Devotional – July 27
A recent paper published in The Astronomical Journal looked at the characteristics of 2,000 “exoplanets” orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Then they extended these results mathematically to other stars in other galaxies throughout the universe. They looked at the habitability characteristics of exoplanet/star systems and ranked the planets in terms of their potential habitability. Then they extended their findings to the estimated 700 quintillion or so exoplanets that may exist in our enormous universe to estimate the odds of finding another life suitable, potentially inhabitable planet (such as Earth). So what was the conclusion of their statistical analysis? The Earth is totally unique and statistically the only planet in the entire universe capable of supporting life!
This conclusion was unexpected and totally destroyed evolutionary assumptions. The authors hedged their finding with all sorts of “apologies” for their conclusions. The paper noted that they may be in error because, “With these kinds of massive and highly hypothetical calculations, what might refine the predictions could be further discoveries about the composition and position of more exoplanets.” The researchers admit that their findings, “may need to be taken with a grain of salt.”
But here are the facts.
- Based on what we now know and observe, in the entire universe, the Earth is the only planet uniquely designed for, and capable of, supporting life.
- After SETI (the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelliegence) spent almost 50 years of searching through every wavelength of the electromagnetic spectrum coming to Earth from every direction in the universe, there is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any intelligent life outside of Earth.
With every scientific observation, God is making the truth about His existence increasingly apparent.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.
~ Isaiah 45:12
Daily Devotional – July 26
It is widely and routinely taught in Bible colleges that the Exodus from Egypt never happened. This is one of the most longstanding criticisms of the accuracy of the Old Testament – based on the fact that no Egyptian documents mention the Hebrew slaves and their exodus from Egypt. In addition, the books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) make no mention of specific pharaohs of Egypt. Thus, Bible skeptics assume there was no exodus from Egypt and that the Bible cannot be trusted to mean what it says.
To understand this omission from Egyptian documents, we need to understand the Egyptian culture.
- The Egyptians were infatuated with the afterlife, and their religious dogma convinced them that if they were forgotten by the living, they lost their immortality in the afterlife. This is why they spent enormous effort to record their names and images on monuments throughout Egypt.
- Egyptians despised their enemies. To not even mention the names of their enemies was the ultimate in contempt and disrespect.
- Egyptian hieroglyphics alter and ignore historical events to favor Egyptians. Revisionist history (to fit the viewpoint of the historian) is indeed a very old practice.
- For Moses to not name the pharaohs would be his way of rejecting their authority over him – a practice he may have adopted having been raised in Egypt.
Thus, when the entire nation of Egypt was decimated by a series of plagues; followed by the lowest members of society walking away with much of the wealth of the nation; followed by Egypt’s powerful military being drowned in the Red Sea – it is little wonder that all records of the people responsible for these events (the Israelites) would be purged from Egyptian records and monuments.
The justification used by theologians and skeptics to ignore God’s Word are excuses, not facts. God’s word speaks the truth; there was an Exodus.
And the waters returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
~ Exodus 14:28
Daily Devotional – July 25
Is there life atop a frozen, cinder-covered volcanic peak? Yes, a small insect named Puʻu Wekiu, which means “topmost hill” in the Hawaiian language. It is a tiny, flightless bug whose habitat is the 13,796 foot summit of the tallest volcano in Hawaii, Mauna Kea. The summit of Mauna Kea represents one of the most extreme environments in the Hawaiian Islands with almost no plant life. Daily temperature fluctuations can be between 25ºF and 116ºF with a winter snow pack covering the peak, creating below-freezing temperatures for much of the year.1 So, how does the insect survive?
Unlike most other lygaeids that eat seeds, the Wekiu feeds on insects that are blown to the top of the mountain and die. This is actually a large resource; snow packs at the summit are often covered with thousands of dead insects. When the snow melts, wekiu bugs can be found at the edge feeding on insects that drop out of the melting snow. Wekiu also have “antifreeze” in their blood that allows them to survive at below freezing temperatures.
Any other insect would not be able to survive such conditions! From the beginning, God knew what the wekiu needed in order to survive and programmed into the insect the characteristics that were needed. Here we have a small insect, in a harsh environment, testifying to the Creator’s care and foreknowledge.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
~ Psalm 105:2
Daily Devotional – July 24
Ships traversing the ocean have to be regularly cleaned of barnacles, or they lose significant streamlining and efficiency. Even many whales can be seen with barnacles clinging to their skin for a free ride. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of whale species have barnacles clinging to their skin, and each of these whales are home to their own specific species of barnacle. Yet, the pilot whale is barnacle-free. Why don’t barnacles cling to pilot whales?
It’s all in the skin; tiny nanostructures on a Pilot whale’s skin inhibit barnacle larvae from attaching. These “nano-ridges” are microscopic pores that ooze a parasite-resistant gel to keep the barnacles from attaching. Marine researchers are trying to copy the whale’s skin so that it can be painted onto ship hulls. Here is yet another invention derived by “thinking God’s thoughts” and copying the Master Designer’s handiwork!
Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done.…
~ Psalm 40:5
Daily Devotional – July 23
Imagine the world-covering flood event with fast-moving churning waters….
- As the fountains of the great deep were broken up, many plate tectonic movements generated numerous earthquakes, resulting in an immense number of tsunamis.
- As the ocean floor plates pushed apart, molten rock emerged, creating a new ocean floor. The new ocean floor was less dense and rose, pushing up the sea level and caused a surge of ocean water onto the continents.
- Super-storms were generated in the atmosphere as a result of the supersonic steam jets at the crustal fracture zones, catapulting ocean waters aloft before they fell back to Earth as torrential rainfall (Genesis 7:11). It has been estimated that such super-storms and their winds drove water currents at speeds of 100 mph or more.
- Twice-daily tides. The earth being covered with water, these tidal surges would have experienced no shorelines; thus the tidal surges would have moved across the submerged continents, causing much churning of water and redistribution of pulverized sediments.
Powerful, fast-moving currents and surges ripped up rocks and laid them down, producing the sedimentary layers that we see today on all the continents of the world. The Flood of Noah’s day was truly catastrophic!
that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
~ Amos 9:6b
Daily Devotional – July 22
Coral polyps have built in poisonous “harpoons.” The coral polyp’s tentacles are covered with stinging cells (nematocysts) that shoot and kill the plankton. When zooplankton swim by and accidentally touch one of the stinging cells, the “harpoon” is triggered. In thousandths of a second, the lid on the stinging cell flies open, and the harpoon is released. The barbs on the “harpoon” tear a hole in the prey, and the filament trailing the harpoon enters the hole to inject the poison. The zooplankton dies, and the polyp can then pull the meal into its mouth and digest it in its stomach. Each harpoon can only be used one time. A new harpoon (nematocyst) soon grows in its place. This method of hunting zooplankton requires perfect synchronization of sensory cells, nerve cells and muscle cells of the coral animal. Synchronization takes planning and design. That great planner and designer is God! Coral is not just another pretty ornament – it is a colony of deadly hunters!
God thundereth marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
~ Job 37:5
Daily Devotional – July 21
Corals mainly live in shallow tropical waters that are well lighted. The coral polyp is an animal that builds a limestone cup and hides in it during the day. When we pick up a piece of coral, we are picking up the multiple, connected limestone cups. Each cup is where the coral polyp lives. The coral polyp is a tiny soft-bodied creature that comes out at night and waves its tentacles to catch the passing microscopic plankton.
Corals experience three environmental threats: hot sunshine, powerful waves, and coatings of sand. How do corals protect themselves?
- Coral reefs are found in tropical, sun-drenched oceans and during low tides, the corals can become too hot. To solve that problem, the corals secrete mucus that acts as a sunscreen.
- Corals live along the shores that experience pounding, powerful waves (especially during stormy seasons) that could easily break up the coral. To solve that problem, corals build strong foundations to withstand pounding waves.
- Corals live near sandy beaches so they can easily become coated and even covered with sand. To solve that problem, the coral polyps use their tentacles to clean the sand off of their limestone housing.
Who was the original problem solver for these corals? God Himself - He is the One that cares for His creation.
And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:
~ Acts 4:24
Daily Devotional – July 20
Water does not flow uphill. So, how does water get to the leaves high up in a tree? Coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees tower some 35 stories or 379 feet above the ground.1 Some of these redwoods move as much as 160 gallons of water a day up out of the ground. As you stand near the base of these trees, listen closely for the sound of their mechanical machinery pumping the water to the top. You won’t hear a sound. So, how do they move all that water?
God has set up a wonderful design in trees – osmosis, capillary action and transpiration. Even though wood seems to be solid, it has thousands of microscopic interior tubes stretching from the roots to the top of the tree. Water enters the roots because of osmosis; higher pressure moves water molecules into the lower pressure area in the roots. Then, capillary action takes place, moving the water upwards. Dip a corner of a paper towel in water and notice the water creeping up the fibers. Working with osmosis and capillary action is transpiration. As sunlight strikes the leaves, the water molecules evaporate, transforming liquid water to a gas. This vapor “flies” into the air while the next water molecule in line starts heating up. The long chain of water molecules is pulled to the very top of the tree as each one at the top evaporates. On a hot summer day, water molecules can travel up the tree at 25 mph. All this goes on silently, year after year. There are no mechanical parts, and when something breaks down, the tree has mechanisms to repair itself. We cannot say the same when we pipe water to the top of a tall building. When we see such an advanced plumbing system, we know there must be a plumbing engineer!
As poet Joyce Kilmer famously stated, “… only God can make a tree.”
...stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
~ Job 37:14b
Daily Devotional – July 19
Teeth are surprisingly tough; we can bite and chew food for decades without cracking. A tooth’s dentine is covered with tooth enamel. How can enamel, which by itself is brittle like glass, survive our chewing and biting process without cracking? Researchers have found that the design of the tooth enamel prevents cracks in three ways:
- Tufts are crack-like flaws deep within the tooth where the enamel and dentine meet. Under the stress of biting or chewing, these tufts distribute the stress - suppressing the growth of cracks.
- Enamel is made up of rods that criss-cross each other like basket weave. This hinders cracks from spreading.
- If a crack expands, the tooth fills in the space with material extended from the tufts - which glues the cracked walls and stops further expansion.
Our teeth are extremely tough structures built from brittle materials - yet, they are able to withstand a lifetime of biting and chewing because of their design. When we see a design, we know there must be a designer. The tooth’s designer is Jesus.
Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep .…
~ Song of Solomon 6:6