Intelligent design. This is a term we’ve coined to describe the complexity of nature’s design as evidence of an Intelligent Designer. God is this Intelligent Designer and He has an eye for design.
Consider, for example, the honeybee. God equipped this tiny creature bee with five eyes—three simple and two compound. He fashioned the bee’s four wings to lock together during flight like a zipper. He gave the bee two stomachs—one for eating and one for storing nectar. He covered the honeybee’s legs with fishhook-like hair in just the right areas so pollen will collect, which helps plants the bee harvests nectar from to pollinate. As a result, his food source thrives even though he is completely unaware of this. But, his Intelligent Designer does.
The bee’s social structure points us to the Intelligent Designer. The honeybee cooperates with his coworkers to fashion the hexagonal comb in which he stores nectar. This shape is strong. The honeybee cannot know this, but, nonetheless, the Designer has instilled in him the instinct to create the comb as this series of interlocking hexagons.
The honeybee seals his delectable nectar into the comb’s chambers, but only when the hydration and sugar content reach optimal levels. Does the honeybee know how to measure sweetness? He does not, but his Intelligent Designer puts this “knowing” in him instinctively.
On hot days, the honeybee will join other workers in a military-style lineup to fan the honey. Thus, it does not spoil from exposure to heat. Again, instinct is at work.
Consider this example further, and we see that the bee’s ability to find its hive from distances and to relay the location of flower sources to its coworkers through waggle and circle dances requires the impartation of instinctual knowledge the Intelligent Designer.
The honeybee does not have a father and mother to teach him these skills. He just knows… Because he has a Designer who knows.
Furthermore, each bee has a different job in the hive—some guard, some collect honey, others nurse drones and eggs, and some mate with the queen. All of these intricacies speak of the existence of God, the Intelligent Designer.
Paul speaks of the Intelligent Designer in Romans 1:20. He teaches us that when we look at anything in nature, we realize God exists. It is God who has designed our world with precision and creativity. The honeybee’s design is only one example.
For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that he has made…
so that they are without excuse.
If God created this tiny creature with five eyes of two types, and with an orderly social system and instinctual intellect, then He designed you. Not only did He design you with innate abilities beyond instinctual impartation, He gifted you with His eye for design.
In Genesis 1:26a He says, “Let us make man in our image… Let them [mankind] have dominion.” The God who designed you trusts you to care for all He has created.
Simply stated, Adam’s job is ours now. God has entrusted us to care for His creation. Furthermore, because we are in the image of our Creator, we can create from His creation.
God created us to be designers. We do not create from a void as He did, but rather, we create from His creation. It’s like God put a paint brush in our hands when He gave us this world to care for. The next time we see a honeybee, let’s remember the Lord, who has an eye for design, has entrusted the honeybee and every creature to our care.
Father God, give me an eye for design, and help me to care for Your creation.
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