ECOLOGY

March 4

When Adam and Eve sinned, biological life was changed causing weeds and thorns to appear on Earth for the first time.  Both plant and animal life were changed with defensive and offensive survival mechanisms.  For many years modern agriculture has relied on herbicides and insecticides to protect crops from pests.  God's marvelous foresight included many natural ways of controlling pests, which modern science has only recently learned to copy.  The spined soldier bug (also known as the stink bug) is one of these natural pest control systems.  It eats over a hundred different pests, including commercially damaging insects such as the cotton bollworm and the gypsy moth.  Researchers have found that spraying crops with a natural chemical made by the stink bug attract stink bugs to the fields.  The stink bugs then devour the harmful insects without harming the crops.  The added bonus is a natural solution which doesn't harm the environment or other creatures.

God told Adam and Eve in the beginning that they were to have dominion over all creation.  This word in Hebrew means "to understand, care for, and control."  We have much to gain when we realize that all creation is a designed system from which we can learn.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3 p. 100

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God... -Romans 11:33

March 31

ECOLOGY

The hand of our Creator can be seen in the design of the giant fungus Armillaria. This huge organism has been measured covering 38 acres and weighing as much as a blue whale. Scientists estimate that some of these organisms have been alive for 1,500 years (based on their current rate of growth).

Like most fungi, the Armillaria is made up of tiny tendrils growing almost invisibly underground. The tendrils push small fruiting honey mushrooms above ground as evidence of the larger organism alive below the surface. Armillarias are usually found in the hardwood forests of North America. The giant fungus is territorial, which means that no two individuals will share the same area. Fungi are critically important components of forest ecology which decompose dead wood, releasing nutrients needed by other plants. In the decomposition process, the fungi also produce carbon dioxide, which is then used by plants to produce oxygen needed by humans.

It takes great faith to believe this organized system of maintaining forest ecology, each part dependent for life upon the other parts, could have evolved by chance random mutations over huge periods of time.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 171

"Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD....  -Isaiah 66;2

April 26

ECOLOGY

Science is learning how plants are designed to regulate carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Second, at higher carbon dioxide levels, plants tend to make tissue that doesn't decay as easily. This ties up the extra carbon for longer periods of time.

First, when carbon dioxide levels go up, many plants increase their use of carbon dioxide, making more oxygen.

Third, at higher carbon dioxide levels, plant tissues discourage insects from eating them, decreasing the re-release of the plants' carbon as carbon dioxide.

Our Creator expects us to take care of His creation. He knows, however, that we cannot control all of the possible changing conditions on planet Earth. For this reason He has built mechanisms into the creation that adjust to changing conditions and maintain a suitable habitat for human life.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 77

The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's: but the earth hath he given to the children of men. -Psalm 115: 16 KJV

May 11 

ECOLOGY

What keeps the animal world from becoming overpopulated? Why don't particularly aggressive animals totally dominate worldwide? There is significant evidence from the study of animal populations that when the optimum number of animals in a given area is reached, the population stabilizes. This is not caused by a struggle-for-existence conflict, but by built-in physiological or psychological mechanisms which somehow slow down the reproductive activity.

The check-and-balance systems built into animal populations are so intricate that they can only point to a Designer. The Bible says that in the beginning God built a perfect and balanced system and saw that it was very good (Genesis 1: 31). When sin entered, it brought with it cruelty, selfishness, and violence. What is truly amazing is that God maintains such a balance in spite of Satan's attempt to destroy His plan. One truly begins to better comprehend the character of God by studying the earth and observing the intricate design and delicate balance of nature.

The Genesis Record, p. 76

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." - Revelation 4: 11

June 25 

ECOLOGY

There are several thousand species of wasps that help control crop pests by using them for food. These wasps are a popular form of pest control among farmers and gardeners.

Biologists have found that the wasps do more than just eat the pests. The wasps also wage an incredibly complicated form of biological warfare.

Wasps inject their eggs directly into wormlike pest larvae.

The eggs are coated with a virus that keeps the larvae from maturing until the young wasps hatch. The virus then seems to move to the larva's liver-like organ and affects the insect's immune system. The virus also acts on the larva's endocrine system to take away its appetite. As a result, the larva destroys fewer crops, and being starved for food does not develop into an adult. This gives the wasp eggs more time to develop into young wasps, which will then finish off the pests.

God created this earth with careful balance. Unfortunately this valance was upset by man's actions in the Garden of Eden.

The world we now live in groans with the pain of sin, resulting in warfare at all levels of the plant and animal kingdom.

Yet God still designed and maintains a balance in the fallen creation. When mankind takes the time to study this finely balanced and intricately designed world, he can't help but see God's hand everywhere he looks.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 216

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High god has performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!... -Daniel 4:2-3

June  29

ECOLOGY

The Bible says God put man in the Garden of Eden and told him to tend and keep it. Where man does this properly, nature flourishes. Innumerable problems develop whenever man neglects his environment by overusing natural resources or polluting the air, ground, or water. This results in resources being used up, plants and animals becoming extinct, sickness abounding, and nature's beauty being destroyed.

God has given perfect examples in nature to show us how he takes care of His earth. For example, water is purified by the water cycle, seeds are spread and fertilized by animals, animals live in symbiosis by helping each other, and plants provide medicine. It is only when man "works and takes care" of the earth as God intended that ecology is not a problem.

-Rich and Tina Kleiss

The LORD god took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. -Genesis 2:15

July 1

ECOLOGY

Hazardous materials are not just man-made phenomenon, but also a natural part of creation. For example, uranium and other radioactive elements occur naturally in the environment and can be dissolved in ground water. Chlorofluorocarbons are spewed from volcanoes. Dioxins occur naturally with every forest fire. One might expect a well-designed creation to have the ability to process hazardous materials into harmless substances. Scientists are learning that this is exactly the case with several types of bacteria which decontaminate water containing dissolved uranium. One species of bacteria makes uranium phosphate crystals by combining the phosphate in the water with the uranium. The crystals are stored harmlessly within the bacteria. Another species uses enzymes to make a uranium ore, which settles harmlessly out of the water. Scientists have also discovered a type of bacteria that breaks down chlorofluorocarbons.

The hazardous chemicals in the environment are a reminder that we no longer live in a perfect environment, but that our world has been affected by the curse of the Fall. Yet the earth is still full of abundant evidence that it is a well-designed system. By studying nature, scientists are learning how to clean up mankind's messes.

Letting God Create Your Day, Vol. 3, p. 242

You made him [man] ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea.... - Psalm 8:6-8

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