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Creation Devotional August 7 - Biology

Daily Devotional – August 7

Biology

 

Have you ever heard of a bird that sews its nest? This bird, which lives in Southeast Asia, is aptly named the “tailor bird.” The tailor bird starts with large, green tree leaves and pokes holes with its sharp beak along the edges of the leaves. Then, it uses spider webs or grasses to sew the leaves into a cylinder shape. Now the bird builds its nest inside of this cylinder. When the chicks hatch, they are hidden away behind a green curtain of leaves.

 

How does the tailor bird know how to sew? Did the young, female birds go to sewing classes at bird school? No, these birds are born with this ability programmed in their brains. Scientists call this programming “instinct,” but have never really been able to explain from where these instincts come from. It is as if a program was written in the hard drive of their brain. When we see a program, we know there must be a programmer, and this programmer is God.

 

Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power….

~ Job 37:23

12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 5 - Biology

Daily Devotional – August 5

Biology

 

Tree frogs live in trees, sticking firmly to branches and leaves – even walking upside down on these surfaces. How do they keep from falling off? It’s all in the feet. Close inspection of a tree frog’s foot reveals pads with cracks and crevices from which mucus oozes. This mucus first cleans the dust and dirt off the surface to which the frog wants to cling. Then more mucus oozes out - creating a thin layer of “adhesive” to grip the surface. These tree frogs have feet that both clean and stick. Did these sticky feet happen by accident and chance? How many tree frogs fell to their death before they got it right? Who created sticky feet for the tree frogs? God only had to speak, and it came into existence.

 

Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God….

~ Psalm 147:1

12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 4 - Biology

Daily Devotional – August 4

Biology

 

How does a honeybee, a cold-blooded insect, survive the winter? Bees like to keep their hive at 95oF. But how do they do this? As the temperature becomes cooler, the honeybees form a cluster. Those inside the ball of bees are kept warm, and they rotate with the bees on the outside of the ball so that all have a chance to remain warm. As the temperature continues to cool, the bees will move their flight muscles without flying; you could say the bees are “shivering.” This generates heat, warming the bee cluster further.

 

What if the hive gets too hot in the summer? Some of the bees act as cooling fans, standing at the entrance of the hive and beating their wings creating a breeze. If this does not reduce the hive’s temperature, other bees leave the hive and bring back water that they spread out on the walls of the hive. Now the fanning of the bees causes the water to evaporate and cool the hive.

 

Bees appear to be smart engineers, but they are just programmed to do this. The really smart engineer is the One who programmed this within them, and that is God.

 

Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

~ 1 Chronicles 29:11

12
Aug

Creation Devotional August 3 - Biology

Daily Devotional – August 3

Biology

 

Honeybees are cold-blooded, but by moving their flight muscles in a way reminiscent of our shivering, they can generate heat. This ability does more than keep the hive warm on a cold winter day; it protects the hive from predators. Sometimes the hive is threatened with chalkboard fungus. When this happened, researchers have noticed that bees raise the temperature of the hive to kill the fungus. Researchers also found that when the hive is attacked by a giant hornet, the bees swarm the hornet, surround it, and then begin to “shiver,” raising the hive’s temperature to 116oF. The honeybees are unable to sting through the hornet’s tough armor, so they kill it by heat! Amazingly, if they would increase the temperature just one more degree, to 117 degrees Fahrenheit, the bees themselves would die from the heat. How do the bees know this? How do they know what the temperature is in the hive? Remember, they are all working independently to generate this heat. God has given his creatures the ability to stay healthy and protect themselves.

 

They compassed me about like bees.…

~ Psalm 118:12a

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 25 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 25

Biology

 

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

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 22 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 22

Biology

 

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

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 21 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 21

Biology

 

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 17 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 17

Biology

 

Did you know that blind cave fish were designed to go blind! Scientists once thought it was by accident. Cave fish are a generic term for freshwater fish found in - you guessed it, caves. Geneticists have found that blind fish living in caves are almost identical to those in the river outside the cave. The only difference seems to be that the cave fish have smaller eyes, or no eyes, or eyes lighter in color. Actually, for fish living in a dark cave, this is an advantage. A highly developed visual system uses up to 15% more energy and soft eye tissue is easily damaged if bumped into the walls of a cave. Instead, cave fish depend on their sense of smell and sensitivity to water pressure changes. Also, being in a dark cave, eye coloring has no purpose and it takes extra energy to maintain eye color. So if cave fish have eyes, they are lighter in color. Are these changes a mutational degeneration? Actually, cave fish are not regressing, but well designed to live in caves.

 

Conrad Waddington, a biologist, proposed the idea that many animals have a mechanism allowing environmental changes to switch on genes, when the change would benefit the animal. Such a mechanism is found in blind cave fish - involving a protein called HSP90. When a cave fish embryo experiences subtle factors such as lower electrical conductivity in the water (it is believed that cave water has lower conductivity because the water has less salt), the growing embryo senses these outside conditions and turns off the HSP90 protein. This causes a reduction in fish’s eye size. These eyes have shallow sockets and can even be scaled over. When these same blind cave fish were introduced into water outside the cave, their offspring were born with fully functioning eyes within two generations!

 

Scientists are discovering that we have “flexible genetics.” This is no surprise to Bible-believing Christians; God has simply pre-programmed creatures with the ability to adapt to different environments.

 

And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

~ Habakkuk 3:4

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 16 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 16

Biology

 

What animal looks like it sweats blood? The 7,000-pound hippopotamus. The five-inch-thick hippo skin has sweat glands that ooze a red slime, which later turns brown. This oozing slime protects the hippo in three ways. First, it gives the hippo its own sunblock protection. This is great because hippos spend a lot of time in the sun. In addition, the red slime is an insect repellant. Also, the red slime has antibiotic qualities. Hippos live in less than pure water and have very aggressive daily territorial fights with each other, often resulting in terrible cuts and wounds. To have built-in antibiotics would stop deadly bacteria in their tracks. Where did these glands come from? How many millions of years did it take to get the glands just right? God knew what the hippo would need and provided for his protection from sun, insects and deadly bacteria.

 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

~ Psalm 100:1

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 14 - Biology

Daily Devotional – July 14

Biology

 

Have you considered the chambered nautilus? This South Pacific Ocean creature has a unique shell that is divided into separate gas-filled chambers. The nautilus can sink to the ocean bottom or rise to the surface by changing the gas pressure within the sealed chambers; for example, the nautilus will flood some of the chambers with water to descend. This is exactly how submarines work. Submarines have tanks that can be filled with water or air. When the tanks are filled with air, the submarine rises, if the tanks are filled with water, it sinks.

 

Evolutionists believe that the nautilus evolved from mollusks that grew extra sections of their shell as floatation devices. Fossil nautiluses, however, look just like today’s nautiluses, showing no intermediate evolutionary change. No one would believe that a submarine happened by accident and chance, so why would anyone believe that “nature’s submarine,” the nautilus, happened by accident and chance? The nautilus simply gives glory to God’s ingenuity.

 

Thou rulest the raging of the sea….

~ Psalm 89:9

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