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GOD’S WORD FOR JULY 24 ~ ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9~ ~ “The thing that hath been, it [is that] which shall be; and that which is done [is] that which shall be done: and [there is] no new [thing] under the sun.”

The loop-and-hook fastener called Velcro has come a long way since it first appeared. Velcro goes into space as a light, easy-to-use fastener. Here on Earth, it’s replacing everything from laces in shoes to buttons and zippers on coats, to re-closing dog food bags.

However, humans were not the inventors of the hook-and-loop fastener. Plants were the first to use this principle, after God created it. Scientists learned about the principle when they were checking out stories of how bean leaves were used to trap bedbugs during World War II. They discovered that the hooked hairs on the underside of bean leaves did indeed trap bedbugs by their feet. The bedbugs stayed stuck to the leaves until they starved to death.

In nature, the hooked hairs trap leafhoppers, leaving them unable to munch on the leaves of bean plants. Further research has shown that some varieties of wheat trap the cereal leaf beetle, preventing damage to their leaves.

Most amazing of all is the timing of this defense. Plants that use this method to protect themselves don’t start growing the hairs until a few days before the annual attack by their insect enemies!

Humans might think their inventions are clever. However, because God is smarter than we are, it is very likely that somewhere, somehow, He has already created nearly every practical invention. This is yet another argument for creation!

Proverbs 18:24 tells us: “A person of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” That’s Jesus, our Lord. This isn’t saying that we shouldn’t have human friends, but that Jesus should be first in our lives, and we shouldn’t let what people think of us run our emotions and decide our actions. With our eyes on our Savior, we should live by the motto:

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past.

Only what’s done for Christ will last,”

He is always with us, after we’re saved, always “working all things together for good.” (Romans8:28)

Are you sticking to Him like Velcro?

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