Sure, we know that birds usually take very good care of the material needs of their young. But there is much more to it than that, as Scripture suggests – and science now confirms.
It used to be thought that all animal behavior was by instinct. After all, many scientists said, animals are so much lower on the evolutionary scale than human beings. Now scientists have learned that at least some birds, and most likely most birds, teach their distinctive song to their youngsters. In one recent study, young cowbirds were paired with song-less female cowbirds from another part of the country where the cowbird song is distinctly different. Before long, the young cowbirds had totally reworked their songs to match the area of the country from which the females came, even though the females had never uttered one note! Further research showed that the females taught the new singing style to the males using only motion and touching – very sophisticated communication indeed!
Clearly, it is pride that leads man to say that the Word of his Creator is in error. But pride does not only belong to the unbeliever – it’s part of the old Adam in all of us. That is why we need the constant instruction of our heavenly Father Who Himself teaches us with more than human words!