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Oct

Creation Devotional October 10 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 10

Biology

 

There are many different kinds of ants. Some of the most amazing ants are the weaver ants; they live in trees and construct their nests by “weaving” together leaves using larval silk. The ant colony can have hundreds of these soccer-ball-sized nests spanning many tropical trees in Africa, Asia, or Australia. Although they are called weaver ants, they do not actually weave the living leaves, instead they glue them together. Where do they get the glue? From the larvae, the young ones. (An ant goes through 4 stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult).

 

When the worker ants are building their nest, they grab one leaf and hold the edge of another leaf. During this time, another worker ant brings in a larva which is about to enter into the pupa stage of metamorphosis. Instead of the larva spinning a cocoon, the worker ant squeezes the larva just as we might squeeze a tube of toothpaste, causing sticky silk to come out. The larva is then passed from ant to ant, gluing the leaves together, and thus constructing a secure nest. Evolutionary theory says that slowly over millions of years, the weaver ants evolved this method of sticking leaves together. Question - didn’t ant nests need to be secure right from the beginning? If it did not work the first time, or millionth time, why build a nest in a tree? Weaver ants, just like all ants, work by instinct; they just know how to build a nest. When we see an instinct, we know there must be an instinct maker, and that is God.

 

There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

~ Proverbs 30:24-25

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 8 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 8

Biology

 

Chameleons are famous for their color-changing ability. Chameleons have highly structured skin. The outer layer of skin is transparent. Beneath the top layer are two layers of skin with red and yellow pigments. Below these are two more layers, one reflecting blue light and the other reflecting white light. Deeper still is a layer of dark brown pigment. The color change happens when the pigment cells at any particular layer expand or contract. For example, when a chameleon is calm, and the skin is not excited, the yellow pigments are partly contracted - letting the reflected blue light through (blue and yellow make the chameleon appear green). When a chameleon is angry, he may turn yellow because the yellow pigments expand (blocking the blue light from reflecting through).

 

Chameleons can show a dazzling display of reds, pinks, yellow, blues, greens, and browns. Their basic color pattern is camouflage green; however, they will change color due to heat, light, and mood. The brain sends a signal to the pigments to contract or expand causing the chameleon to change color in about 20 seconds. This system of changing colors is extraordinarily complex! The more we study creation, the more we find amazing complexities that point to a Master Designer!

 

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

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 5 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 5

Biology

 

Whales have enormous bones. If the oceans were billions of years old and these bones did not disappear, the ocean floor would be littered with whale bones. Fortunately, the oceans are not billions of years old, and God planned ahead with an amazing trash recycling system. Deep within the ocean, there exists an amazing creature commonly known as the “Zombie Worm.” It is apparently called this because its job is to eat dead bones. Its scientific name is Osedax mucofloris, whose literal translation is “bone-eating snot flower.” This “bone-eating snot flower” attaches itself to the bones of dead whales and burrows into them, creating a root system. The remainder of its body is exposed outside the bone, covered with mucus, and looks like a flower. The Zombie worm oozes out an acid which transforms the bone material into edible proteins and collagen molecules. Then, parasites living within the Zombie worm’s body eat this food. The parasites provide a by-product, that feeds the worm. The Zombie worm needs the parasites, and the parasites need the Zombie worm!

 

Aside from the astonishing fact that an acid-producing, bone dissolving, snot-covered worm exists to dispose of whale bones, one has to ask, how did it survive before it found the parasite (or the parasite found it)? Why did it start producing acid to dissolve bones? Unless everything was in place from the beginning, neither the parasite nor the Zombie worm could have survived. Everything needed for survival of these two separate and distinct creatures had to be in place from the very moment of their creation. God, in his wisdom and creativity, produced such wonders for our amazement and appreciation!

 

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

~ Psalm 145:15

20
Oct

Creation Devotional October 1 - Biology

Daily Devotional – October 1

Biology

 

Have you considered the Arctic ground squirrel? It lives in the land of frigid temperatures--the northern tundra. This squirrel is unable to dig deep into the ground because the ground is permanently frozen, hard as rock, year-round. So, it has to hibernate close to the surface of the ground where temperatures can get as low as 5oF. Even though the ground squirrel is warm-blooded, it has the ability to drop its body temperature to 27oF; that’s 5 degrees below freezing! This arctic squirrel does not turn into a “squirrelsicle” - instead its blood super-cools without freezing. Meanwhile, the squirrel’s heartbeat drops from 350 beats per minute to about 3 beats per minute. Its breathing rate is reduced to once every several minutes with only a trickle of blood entering the brain -- causing brain wave activity to register zero. If this were seen in a human, he would be declared brain-dead! But not with the Arctic ground squirrel. He’s only hibernating!

 

The squirrel hibernates up to ten months every year, rousing itself about 12 times during this period. Remember, hibernation affects every cell; it is not just simply going to sleep. Vast, complex, internal changes take place. If these changes (slowing of the heartbeat and breathing, dropping the internal temperature, etc...) were due to slow gradual evolutionary processes, there would be no Arctic ground squirrels! All would have died in the process of trying to find the correct internal changes for successful hibernation. When we study the Arctic ground squirrel and all the processes involved in hibernation, it becomes obvious that it could not have happened by accident and chance! There was One who created the Arctic ground squirrel with the ability to hibernate. And who is that hibernator maker? God, Himself! He cares for His creation!

 

Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.

~ Job 37:8

28
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

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