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Sep

Creation Devotional September 29 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 29

Biology

 

What bird makes the longest non-stop migration? The Bar-tailed Godwit flies non-stop for five or more days from Alaska to New Zealand/Australia - approximately 7,000 miles. During the day, they analyze polarized light to get the Sun’s position even when it is cloudy. By night, they follow the stars, which means they know how the constellations move in both the northern and southern hemisphere! But as amazing as their navigational ability is, their endurance is even more awe-inspiring.

 

Just before they migrate from Alaska, they gorge themselves on clams and other creatures in the coastal mudflats. Fat builds up in thick rolls under their skin, increasing their total weight by 55%. Yet, even the type of fat these birds produce is unique. This fat is low in water content and very concentrated. As soon as they stop eating, a very unusual change takes place. The birds’ internal organs -- the intestines, kidney and liver – all shrivel up. Now the fat fills in the empty space and the birds’ bodies are once again streamlined for flight. How would the first Godwit that migrated from Alaska to Australia know that it needed to shrivel its organs in order to pack on the fat? Can you shrivel your organs and survive? This is truly a uniquely God-designed creature.

 

Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of his understanding.

~ Isaiah 40:28

28
Sep

Creation Devotional September 23 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 23

Biology

 

Have you considered the shark? You may have been aware of the shark’s ability to smell. But, did you know, they are able to detect the smell of blood from miles away? Are you aware, however, of their ability to sense electricity in the water? On a shark’s snout are located nerve receptors called the ampullae of Lorenzini. These tiny receptor holes allow the shark to pick up the electricity given off by a beating heart. These tiny sensory receptors work with the shark’s brain to give an exact location of a possible meal.

 

Theoretically, it has been determined that a shark could locate the position of a 9-volt battery over 1,000 miles away! Man has not even come close to copying such a wonder!

 

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth forever.

~ Psalm 118:1

28
Sep

Creation Devotional September 20 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 20

Biology

 

The Crucian carp is an amazing fish that can survive for extended periods without oxygen. “Look Ma, no air!” As the deep snow piles up on the frozen Scandinavian lakes, no light is able to penetrate into the lake water deep below the ice. This results in a lack of oxygen in the lake water. In most creatures, including most fish, the lack of oxygen results in the build-up of lactic acid – ultimately resulting in death. The Crucian carp, however, is able to survive. How?

 

God has designed this fish to slow its heartbeat as the oxygen levels decrease. As oxygen levels continue to drop, an amazing change occurs. The carp changes its metabolic chemistry, so it does not need oxygen. Meanwhile, it starts transforming the deadly lactic acids into sugars to create energy without needing oxygen. How do evolutionists explain this? Did carp get together with their chemistry sets and decide they needed to create a new way of surviving without oxygen? How would they know what to do? The carp needed this builtin ability from the beginning in order to survive harsh Scandinavian winters. The creativity of Jesus is revealed in the design of these carp!

 

I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?

~ Psalm 77:12-13

28
Sep

Creation Devotional September 16 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 16

Biology

 

Some of the most interesting examples of design are found in animals that help each other survive (symbiosis). An example found in most tropical seas is between the blind shrimp and goby fish. The blind shrimp digs a hole and uses its front claws like a bulldozer to keep the entrance clear of debris. The blind shrimp, however, is blind. That’s where the goby fish comes in - it guards the entrance to the shrimp’s home. The blind shrimp always keeps a feeler (antenna) touching the fish. When danger approaches, the fish signals the shrimp with a flick of its tail and both dive into the hole.

 

Whenever you see a blind shrimp, there will always be goby fish nearby! The blind shrimp is protected from trouble while the goby fish is given a spot to hide. How does evolution explain this partnership? They say, “Since the partnership is useful it must have evolved.” This explains nothing about how these instincts could have evolved slowly over time. This type of partnership had to have been programmed into them from the beginning - by their Creator God.

 

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

~ Psalm 69:30

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 14 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 14

Biology

 

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

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 11 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 11

Biology

 

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

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 8 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 8

Biology

 

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.

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.

 

  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 6 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 6

Biology

 

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

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 3 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 3

Biology

 

There are over 245 different species of poison dart frogs that live in the rainforests of the Americas. They display a dizzying array of bright colors ranging from deep blue to strawberry red and metallic green to polka-dotted yellow! The golden poison dart frog is one of the deadliest; if a person has the equivalent of two grains of table salt of the toxin in his bloodstream, he is dead within minutes! This toxin is so powerful that if an animal even touches the spot where a golden poison dart frog has recently sat, it dies!

 

When indigenous Colombian natives go hunting, they will catch these golden poison dart frogs and rub their darts on the frog’s back. They then use blow guns with their poisonous darts to kill monkeys, birds, or even jaguars. One golden poison dart frog has enough poison to kill 10-12 people. Yet, the same frogs in captivity are not poisonous. Why?

 

Poison dart frogs obtain their poison from the foods they eat - such as ants and beetles. In captivity, they are not fed their usual rainforest food. How does a poisonous dart frog fit into the biblical account of a perfect, death-free world as described in the Garden of Eden? In the beginning, everything was good; dart frogs did not have an active poison. Adam and Eve could have held these dart frogs, examined their dazzlingly beautiful colors of red, blue, and yellow - and not been harmed. When Adam sinned, nature became cursed. Animals started to eat one another, and inactive defensive mechanisms became activated. Thus, the dart frogs became poisonous only after eating other creatures. God gave these tiny frogs protection from predators in a fallen world.

 

Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

~ Psalm 124:8

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 2 - Biology

Daily Devotional – September 2

Biology

 

A United States entomologist has estimated that one pair of Colorado potato beetles, if allowed to reproduce unchecked, would increase to over 60 million in one season. One female fly, beginning reproduction in May, would produce 143,875 bushels of flies by August. Aphids reproduce quickly, and in one season they can produce over 13 generations. If not held in check, the world’s aphid population would be ten sextillion aphids in one year. Imagine living in a world where insects were not controlled. But what controls insect reproduction rates?

 

Fortunately, birds have a large appetite for insects. It has been found that a scarlet tanager can eat over 600 gypsy moth caterpillars in 18 minutes. It has been estimated that chickadees alone eat over 8 billion insects per year. Birds keep the insect population in balance. Now consider what evolutionists say about the origin of birds – they did not evolve until many millions of years after insects appeared on our planet!

 

Without birds, insects would have decimated the world’s vegetation. The world would have been a bleak place with little life. What we see is actually what God has said, that He created both birds and insects during the first week of creation at the very beginning of time.

 

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.

~ John 21:9

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