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Sep

Creation Devotional September 22 - Design

Daily Devotional – September 22

Design

 

Moles are made for life underground. They are one of the most efficient excavating mammals on the planet - spending their entire lives digging underground tunnels. Tunnels near the surface are used for searching for earthworms, grubs and insects while deeper tunnels (10 feet deep) are used for living areas. Moles have voracious appetites and eat an equivalent of their body weight each day.

 

These animals are perfectly designed for digging with the following characteristics:

  • Compact bodies
  • Large front paws with broad, sharp, hard claws that face backwards, so they can dig with breast-stroke style motion • Short, stubby tail that can be used as a lever
  • Cone-shaped muzzle for probing insects in the dirt
  • An ultra-sensitive nose to help find insects
  • Velvety, thick fur that stands straight up, allowing the fur to move in any direction without rubbing the wrong way and trapping dirt within the velvety coat
  • Small eyes that can be covered with thin skin while digging
  • External ears are ridges in the skin covered with fur, preventing dirt from entering the ears
  • Nostrils that open sideways, not forward, so dirt doesn’t plug them God created the mole with all these features so that it could be a successful tunnel digger.

 

And the earth was full of His praise.

~ Habakkuk 3:3b

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 10 - Design

Daily Devotional – September 10

Design

 

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

5
Sep

Creation Devotional September 4 - Design

Daily Devotional – September 4

Design

 

If you listen closely, you will realize that birds are extremely skillful musicians. When birds sing, you can hear melody, harmony, and rhythm. Many birds sing in “absolute pitch”, that is, if they sing a song in G major today, the same song will be sung in EXACTLY the G major pitch all other days. There is also evidence that birds can transpose songs from one key to another. Male blackbirds have been observed to sing in matched counter-singing, i.e. each blackbird takes turns singing a tune back to other birds. Some birds even sing a variation on a theme. When human musicians attempt a matching counter-singing, it requires planning, talent, practice, and design.

 

Some birds sing duets; the African robin performs its duet antiphonally (where 2 birds sing alternate notes in a song). To execute this type of duet requires split second timing! When you hear a bird singing, notice that the songs contain consonsant intervals, which produce a pleasant sound, rather than dissonant intervals. Hermit thrushes have been found to sing the pentatonic scales. Other birds can sing two notes at the same time because of the position of their voice boxes.

 

Both Mozart and Beethoven recognized birds’ musical abilities and borrowed bird songs as inspiration for their music. Bird songs show evidence of structure and beauty. If evolution was true and songs evolved by accident or chance, then at least half the songs should be grating, irritating, and nonsensical. We do not hear that! The worldwide morning song of birds is known as the “Dawn Chorus” - welcoming in a new day. When we hear beautiful music, we know it has been composed and that there must be a composer. Bird songs are beautiful – take time to listen to what Jesus, the Greatest Composer of all, has composed for our pleasure.

 

Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD.

~ Psalm 150:6

22
Aug

Creation Devotional August 25 - Design

Daily Devotional – August 25

Design

 

Scientists have recently unlocked the secret of beautifully color, tropical Indonesian Peacock or Swallowtail (Papilio blumei) butterflies. On their wings are brilliant iridescent bands of bright green. These colors are not produced by pigments but by light bouncing off what looks like the inside of an egg carton (only on the microscopic level). The intensity of colors is produced because there are multiple “eggcarton- shaped” layers alternate with layers of air on a nanostructure level. Scientists have copied the butterfly’s nanostructure design - resulting in the same intense colors being produced.

 

Now scientists want to bring this butterfly scale technology to market. These artificial structures could be used in paper money or passports to prevent forgery. Scientists have copied what was already present; they recognized a good design when they saw it. The next time you look at your passport, take a look and see if there is a butterfly scale shimmering back at you and think of the ONE who is the real Creator of this technology.

 

He hath made everything beautiful in his time:

~ Ecclesiastes 3:11a

22
Aug

Creation Devotional August 22 - Design

Daily Devotional – August 22

Design

 

One of the most beautiful moths in the world is the Atlas moth (Attacus atlas) from the forests of Southeast Asia. Most people are impressed with this rare moth’s incredible 12-inch wingspan, making it one of the largest living insects of today. The patterns on the moth’s wings are gorgeous. But take a closer look at the moth’s wing tips. They resemble a cobra’s head, complete with staring eyes and a grimacing mouth. What better way to scare off predators than to have a poisonous snake “painted” on your wings!

 

The Chinese even call this moth “snake’s head moth” in Cantonese. So, here we have a moth scaring off its predators by looking like a cobra. If that’s not amazing enough, the moth even drops to the ground and fans its wings in a movement similar to a snake’s head when threatened. Evolution would have you believe that this moth’s disguise happened by accident and chance over millions of years. Random changes do not produce patterns that look like other animals. So, how do you explain a cobra pattern on a moth? The pattern-maker gave it this defense mechanism from the fall, and that patternmaker is God.

 

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

~ John 1:3

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 28 - Design

Daily Devotional – July 28

Design

 

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

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 24 - Design

Daily Devotional – July 24

Design

 

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

31
Jul

Creation Devotional July 9 - Design

Daily Devotional – July 9

Design

 

Have you considered the snowflake? It has been said that no two snowflakes are alike. Is this true? The average snowflake contains 1018 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 water molecules. How many ways can these molecules be arranged? Let’s compare this to arranging 15books on a shelf. There are 15 choices for arranging the first book, 14 for the second book, 13 choices for the third book and so on. When we multiply this out there are over a trillion ways to arrange only 15 books. If we took one hundred books and figured all the possible ways of arranging them, the number is 10158 or a 1 with 158 zeros. This number is greater than the atoms in the universe! Remember, a snowflake contains 1018 water molecules, which can be arranged. The number of possible ways is far greater than arranging 100 books.

 

From simple water vapor condensing on dust and changing into ice, we find endless amounts of six-sided, complex, symmetrical patterns. Who is the creative genius who came up with such endless variety and design? God is the master designer. Just as He asked Job, “Have you entered the treasury of the snow?” May we take the time to see these treasures of beauty that God created for our enjoyment.

 

Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?

~ Job 38:22

8
Jul

Creation Devotional June 22 - Design

Daily Devotional – June 22

Design

 

Golf balls made during the 1800s were made with a smooth surface. It seemed logical that the smoother the ball, the farther it flies. At some point, golfers noticed that older balls covered with nicks and grooves seemed to fly farther. By the 1930s, the standard golf ball was covered with dimples. Just as golf balls are designed with “dimples,” so is shark skin.

 

Shark’s skin is made of tough, enameled, tooth-like scales called denticles that point in the direction of the tail. When running your hand over a shark’s skin, toward the tail, the skin will feel smooth. When running your hand in the opposite direction, the shark’s skin feels like rough sandpaper. In the past, shark skin was even used as sandpaper.

 

To swim faster, a shark bristles with its denticles, causing tiny whirlpools to form within the cavities between the denticles. These tiny vortices reduce the drag. This same design can be observed with dimples on a golf ball. As the dimpled golf ball flies through the air, tiny whirlpools are created, reducing drag. Golf balls are made with dimples to create less drag in the same way the shark skin with its “dimples” was designed.

 

Would we say a golf ball happened by chance? Hardly! Neither can we assume the shark’s skin made itself. God created and designed the shark’s skin to maximize its speed.

 

So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

~ Psalm 104:25

10
Jun

Creation Devotional June 9 - Design

Daily Devotional – June 9

Design

 

From peacocks to porcupines; bacteria to blue whales; raindrops to oceans - everyone in the world sees the design in nature. This is called general revelation. God has communicated about Himself to all persons, in all places, throughout history. He has done that through nature. When someone studies a leaf, the Moon, or the smallest cell, he sees evidence of order, design, and purpose.  Who is the One who created this or that? Who is the designer? That should drive the person to find the designer.

 

Who is this Designer? That search leads to what is called special revelation, that is, the Bible. It is there, in Scripture, that a person discovers the Designer, Creator, and Redeemer of the universe. Then, the God of the Bible will tell him about how sin entered the world, how a Redeemer was sent, and how he can spend eternity with the God of the universe. Special revelation is “special” because it is the key that opens the door between Heaven and Earth. Nature (general revelation) is meant to be the drawing card that leads us to the God of the Bible (special revelation).

 

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

~ Romans 1:20

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