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Creation Devotional August 16 - Biology

Daily Devotional – August 16



A hermit crab cannot make its own shell to live in but has to find an empty shell to occupy. Once found, he backs into the shell; his twisted body is ideally designed to fit into a spiral shell. The crab uses his two back legs to grip the inside of the shell, keeping him firmly in place. The two front legs are used for walking, with the right one being much larger than the left. This right claw can be used as a “door” when he wants to blockade himself inside the shell. When the hermit crab gets too large for his shell, he leaves it and finds another larger shell to live in.


Often, a hermit crab carries a sea anemone on his shell. Sea anemones are covered with stinging cells, which release poison and kill the crab’s enemies when touched. When a hermit crab has to move to a new home, he will “plant” the anemone on his new shell. How did the hermit crab get his spirally curved body that fits perfectly in a shell? How did he get his extra-large right claw that acts as a door to his home? And how did he discover that it was good to have a sea anemone living on his shell? How does evolution explain these features? It is much easier to explain them if we accept that God created the hermit crab with these special features.


The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests…

~ Matthew 8:20a


Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett

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