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Today's Creation Moment

Sep
27
Birds With a Memory to Envy
Job 38:41
"Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat."
The shy bird called Clark's nutcracker collects food during the growing season and stores it for the cold winter months. In one year, a bird will store between 22,000 and 33,000 seeds in as many as 2...
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Amos 8:11
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.”

The thorny acacia tree is not the usual food of the Kudu antelope. But because of overcrowding on game farms, the antelope began eating the leaves of this tree. Eventually, the kudu starved to death, even though there were plenty of acacia leaves to eat. Scientists learned that when antelope feed on the acacia, Male Kudu antelope.the tree begins to produce a chemical called tannin k. The tannin combines with other chemicals to give the leaves a bad taste. But worse for the antelope, the tannin impairs their ability to digest food, and eventually they starve to death. Scientists found that while tannin is not normally found in high concentrations in acacia leaves, within 15 minutes of leaf damage, the tannin levels in the leaves nearly double. They also found that the trees warn other trees about browsing animals in the area. When a leaf is chewed, it releases a scent that causes neighboring acacia trees to begin to produce tannin!

There is a spiritual lesson in this: In those places of the world where Bibles are easily available, Bible reading is decreasing. It is primarily where Bibles are hard to get that people appreciate the power of God’s Word. God has provided us with plenty of food for our souls. Let’s not overfeed on the world’s food and starve the soul by neglecting God’s Word.

Prayer: 
Lord, You are the Word made flesh. Please help me to remember this truth when I consider my use of Your Word, the Bible, in my life so that I may remember that it is in the Bible that You instruct me. Amen.
Notes: 
“Does God Exist?” Vol.12, No. 6, November-December 1985, pp. 8-9. Photo: Male Kudu antelope. Courtesy of Austin King. Licensed under the GNU Free Documentation 1.2 License.