GOD’S WORD FOR JULY 11
GOD’S WORD FOR JULY 11 ~ ~ Job 39:26~ ~ “Does the hawk fly by your wisdom, and spread its wings toward the south?”
Many textbooks tell us today that birds are modified reptiles. Suppose, they say, that millions of years ago the scales on some reptiles began to fray along the edges. In time, they say, the frayed scales turned into feathers and birds were born.
The elegance and beauty of the feather make this story impossible to believe. Can sticking a feather on a lizard produce a peacock? The bird’s feather is only a small part of the complete flying system of the bird. Even with very careful planning and redesigning, a reptile doesn’t have what it takes.
A bird needs massive breast muscles for flight. In some birds, 30% of the body weight of the bird is breast muscle. By comparison, in humans breast muscles are only about 1% of body weight. A bird also needs an extremely high metabolism and blood pressure to deliver the energy those muscles need for flight. Birds have a higher metabolism than any other creature; they also have the necessary high blood pressure. Finally, as is well known, birds need light skeletons. The man-o’-war has a wingspan of seven feet. But its entire skeleton weighs only a few ounces—less than its feathers!
Even the most clever rebuilding of a reptile cannot produce a bird. In fact, birds have very little in common with reptiles. The entire being of the bird, from body to brain, has been specially designed for flight by a Creator who clearly knows everything there is to know about flight.
Just as birds were created the fifth day of creation, precisely to fly, with every detail of their creation being perfectly made for that end, so we have been created in the image of God, predestined to be one with Him, and live with Him for eternity. We have all the spiritual parts to make that happen by His power.
As the bird has the breast muscles to empower it to fly, so He has equipped us with the ability to love God and others by the Holy Spirit bringing the Love of God to our hearts.
Just as He gave the bird physical power in the form of high blood pressure and high metabolism, likewise, after we show Him that we want to live for Him, He gives us the zeal and desire to live in the Power of the Holy Spirit which He provides.
Finally, we, too, need a “light skeleton” in our relationship with Our Savior. It’s not about us, nor what we do, nor how we worship on our own. It’s about Him, what He gives us to do His will, and His power in worship, not our own. Our own thinking and imaginations weigh us down. We’ll never fly with Him with that heavy anchor.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.”
As John the Baptist said when Jesus came on the scene, “He must increase and I must decrease ” (John 3:30) So it must be with us, if we are to be saved and live a fruitful life in Him on this earth, and a glorious eternity with Our Lord.
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