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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: a Family Devotional!

The Honey Bee

Devotional#2: 24 December 2016
“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!”

"O LORD, how manifold are your works!  In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures." ​

  –Psalm 104:24

Like all things in creation, the Honey Bee teaches us about the eternal power and devine nature of God ( Romans 1:18-20 ).

The Honeybee is yet another wonderful piece of God’s incredibly complex Creation… one of the many creatures that fill the Earth.  Like so many other seemingly insignificant benefactors of God’s precise handiwork, the Honeybee is incredible, despite its minuscule size.

Created and Wonderful!

The Bee's Honeycomb is particularly impressive to our family.  The fact that thousands of Honeybees working independently can simultaneously work on different parts of the complicated structure and yet come together with perfectly aligned and symmetrical hexagons is incredible!  The shear wisdom of its design is also quite impressive.  They can't even figure it out on YouTube!  The structure is simultaneously a nursery for their young and a pantry for their food as well as a floor for them to walk on and an insulator to keep them warm.  

The unique and complicated dance that Honey bees perform in order to inform their peers of the location of nearby nectar is also baffling.  Scientists have only recently begun to unravel the complicated language of the bee’s dance, but they know that each "left leg in and shake it all about" equals a certain distance calculation or turn for their fellow bees' flight path.  

Speaking of flight path... The lightning fast wings of a bee are, like their fellow created aviator, the hummingbird, able to fly in multiple directions, including backwards and hover.   We are still challenged to duplicate their incredible motion and complexity.  Not even our smartphone powered drones are as capable (and none of them make honey).

Did I mention they make honey? 

We Marvel at His Handiwork!

During the process, some of the bees use their wings to maintain the temperature of the hive at precisely 95 degrees.  This preserves the quality of the honey, the health of the bees, and the birthrate of the larve in the honeycomb.  Amazing!​

They have so many other unique talents and abilities.

God has certainly built each of his creatures with precision and wisdom.  We marvel at his handiwork!

Just like the Honeybee, we are also creations of God.  It follows that if all things created by Him are made in wisdom, WE are also wisely created.

His Word supports this notion!

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness."

- Genesis 1:27

"I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

 - Psalm 139:14

Just like the Honey Bee, God has made each one of us exactly the way that He wants us to be and indeed He wants us to be and all of us in His own image! His wisdom is incredible isn't it!  Not only that, we are all inheriently valuable on the basis of Him whose image we bear.

Next time your family sees a Honey Bee, or, even better, enjoys some of their delicious Honey, why don't you use it as an opportunity to point out the beauty and wonder of God's Creations.

You may also consider the value of the most favored of His creations - those Humans made in His own image for whom He commissioned his Son to come and die ( John 3:16 ).

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