Not By Trial and Error!

 We have been helping a neighbor put an addition on his house. It has been quite a challenge as the original structure has some interesting idiosyncrasies. We needed to match the new roof structure to the one below and that wasn’t easy, as the original rafters weren’t all equally spaced. Some of the pieces we had to custom make and it took a few tries to get all the angles and dimensions just right for it to fit. We used the very “scientific” method of “trial and error” with quite a few of the latter before we succeeded.  

     As I thought about the method  of “trial and error” we had to use to achieve our goal of matching the addition to the old structure, I was reminded of the great American inventor and businessman, Thomas Alva Edison who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world: things such as the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and of course the electric light bulb.  He held some 1,093 US patents as well as many in Europe.  When questioned about his invention of the long-lasting electric light bulb, and all his failures along the way, he responded: “Results? Why, man, I have gotten lots of results!  If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I’m not discouraged, because every wrong discarded is often a step forward.” In other words, when one idea didn’t work, that eliminated one more thing he didn’t need to try again. He just kept persevering until he found what worked. He said, “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” As intelligent and capable as Thomas Edison was, he admitted, “It is obvious that we don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything!”
     We have to use the “trial and error” method in much of what we work on, whether a remodel of an old house or an invention, because we are finite human beings with limited knowledge and capability. In contrast, God, who is all-knowing (omniscient) and all-powerful (omnipotent) always gets it right the first time. He doesn’t have to use the “trial and error” method. He never has to have “plan B.”  When God created the universe, the earth, and all that is on it, He didn’t have to experiment until He got it right. Everything He made worked perfectly the first time. The theory of evolution, or “evil-lution,” which is taught in our public schools, depends on trial and error; it depends on time and chance, hoping that given enough time, the impossible can become possible.
     In the creation account way back in Genesis 1 and 2, we read after each creative act of God, “and it was so…and God saw that it was good.”  After the final creative act of forming man from the dust of the ground and woman from his side, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). Nothing was in a state of evolving or experimentation until it came out right. And, when we examine any of the world of nature (creation) about us, we are just amazed at the complexity and how every part and system of each creature had to function perfectly the first time for it to survive. We could look at thousands of examples, but let’s take a quick look at one that is found pretty much around the globe in quite large numbers–the simple Field Sparrow, which according to the evolutionary theory descended from reptiles–like dinosaurs–some 50 million years ago.
     The Field Sparrow’s body is made of the lightest material imaginable. Almost all its bones are hollow. If they were full of marrow,  like those of the reptiles, the Field Sparrow could never fly. Also, its pelvis is attached to the spine, which is not the case with reptiles. That’s the only way its skeleton has the strength and elasticity that is essential for flying. A ligament runs through a small hole in the linkage of the upper arm bone, connecting the breast muscle with the upper side of the shoulder joint. Without this it wouldn’t be able to lift its wings, let alone fly. If it descended from reptiles, who drilled that hole and who threaded the ligament through the hole?  You won’t find such a hole in a crocodile or a dinosaur. 
     The Creator also gave the Field Sparrow an exceptionally strong heart which beats more than 460 times a minute and up to 760 when it has to flee from a predator. It has to beat that fast to enable the bird to fly. The Creator also gave the little sparrow a miraculous tool, a super-light beak, capable of the hardest tasks. The tearing length of the horn of its beak is about 50 miles, meaning that if you made a wire of this material, and fastened it on both ends, the wire would only tear as a result of its own weight when it was longer than 50 miles!  The material we use for aircraft construction has a tearing length of just 29 miles. God also gave the sparrow a flexible neck so that it can reach every part of its body with its beak. (Ever try touching your nose on the back of your knee?) The Field Sparrow’s eyes, which weigh more than its entire skull, are also a miracle of construction, function, and efficiency. It is one of the most perfect optical organs in the vertebrate world.  
     Since the diet of the Field Sparrow consists of so much protein, God equipped it with a very short intestine and very powerful digestive juices, and so as not to weigh it down with useless by-products of digestion, it drops the stuff out as fast as it can–often while flying (watch your head!). God very ingeniously also omitted a bladder for His design of the sparrow. That way He could make the body more slender at the rear, which helps for streamlining, and keeps its weight down. Eighty percent of its urine consists of uric acid, which crystallizes into a white paste at the very end of its intestine. Isn’t that a nifty idea!  Furthermore, almost all the water necessary for the excretory process is recovered into the organism, so the sparrow doesn’t need to “tank up” on water too often.
     When  you look at a sparrow’s legs, all you actually see are its feet and toes. The rest of the leg–calf, knee, and thigh–are all hidden in its body. When we think it is standing upright, it is actually crouching with its knees bent. When it suddenly straightens its knees,  its muscles launch it upward like a catapult, and it can take flight. Then it retracts its “landing gear” up under its feathers. What a great idea–God’s idea!  Special ligaments attached from the toes to the thigh muscles also enable the sparrow to lock onto a branch to hold on tight.
      Ever wonder why birds don’t give birth to their young like mammals do? Well, just imagine what it would be like for a pregnant bird to fly, or even walk around on the ground! The whole egg-laying system is one of Our Creator’s patent ideas. It keeps birds from being weighed down while flying. The eggs are laid one after another at intervals of no more than 24 hours, meaning that the egg-laying is finished quickly, and the eggs can be incubated simultaneously. The eggs require just the right temperature and exactly the right level of moisture or the chicks would die before they are born. Again, God didn’t have to experiment to get this one figured out. Before the sparrow lays its eggs, the down feathers on its belly fall out at a couple strategic locations and the exposed skin thickens and accumulates lots of fluids in the cells. These are called “brooding spots.” As soon as a brooding spot touches the egg, the egg temperature is reported to the sparrow’s brain which determines what the sparrow needs to do to maintain the proper egg temperature. This process baffles scientists, yet many continue to suggest all this just evolved. But, how could the sparrow’s ancestors have ever succeeded in hatching their young, if they weren’t able to tell whether their eggs were too hot or too cold?
     Similar accounts can be related of every living creature. There is “no way on God’s green earth” that any of this could have happened by “coincidence” (trial and error) over millions of years.  Christ our Creator, by whom all things were made (Jn. 1:1; Col. 1:16), is the One who spoke the word on the fifth day of creation that birds were to fly over the earth. He is the One who created each creature uniquely and enabled it to reproduce “after its kind” (Gen. 1:21), not to evolve by trial and error.
     Aren’t you glad we serve a God who always “gets it right the first time”?  We are each a miracle of His hand. We really ought to praise Him together!
                                                                                            Forever His,
                                                                                                Pastor Dave
P.S. The information about the Field Sparrow was taken from If Animals Could Talk by Dr. Werner Gitt (Master Books).

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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