And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. (Genesis 1:22-25 KJV).
The Fact Monster website estimates that there are about 950,000 species of insects. With some 10, 000 species of animals being discovered each year, to add to the over one and a half million species already described, no one knows for sure how many species of animals actually exist on Earth.
Here’s a cool fact: these came out of God’s head. In one sentence: “Let there be…” hundreds of thousands of animals were formed complete with their built-in instincts, their unique capabilities and awesome designs.
Let me slow it down for you: the tiger beetle with its remarkable ability to run at 5.6 miles/9 km per hour...
The bee which regurgitates flower pollen and nectar into sweet, delicious honey...
The African flower mantis that is able to camouflage itself into a flower...
The elephant whose trumpet can be made on different frequencies that is heard for miles … all of these were created in an instance. That’s truly amazing.
Now what are the lessons that we can learn about God? What do these animals tell about the nature of God?
There is a reason behind every design. Have you ever taken the time to sit down and observe nature? Ever wondered why an animal looked the way that it did?
How about the blobfish? Voted the ugliest animal in the world in 2013 this animal is a notable example of God’s perfect design. While definitely not a land animal, this was chosen as an example of great design because it literally became a different animal when taken out of the sea.
To keep a long story short: this fish has no skeleton or real muscles; its skin is just a mass of jelly-like substance.
It’s that lack of formation, for want of a better word that allows the blobfish to make its home on the bottom of the sea where the normal pressure is about 118 times higher than that at sea level. Its “blobbiness” allows it to survive in conditions that would crush other fish naturally. You can read more about them here.
God has an unimaginable imagination: Just think, if you were to create new animals for the rest of your life how many could you come you with?
If you were to create models of them including their internal organs, how many could you come up with then?
Okay. So God not only thought of the animals, he created each one complete with camouflage, defense systems and social behaviors. How awesome is that?
God created balance: Each of these animals has an integral role to play in maintaining balance in the ecosystem no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.
Bees range in size from a little under 2 millimeters (0.08 in) long, to a length of 39 millimeters (1.54 in). This tiny creature is responsible for pollinating 30 percent of the world’s food and about 90 percent of our wild plants.
Can you imagine what the world would be like without this little worker? A less colorful place, that’s for sure.
Every animal that we see or learn about is an opportunity to give God glory for his engineering skills. We can learn more his attributes and how he cares for us.