In the first chapter of the Bible we read "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good" [Genesis 1:24-25].
In addition to the big land animals such as elephants, rhinos, and dinosaurs, God made the tiniest of creatures—the insects. These creatures might be very small, but they are very complicated in detail, completely fitted for where they were made to live and what they were made to do. Scientists believe that when all of the earth’s insects have been discovered there might be more than ten million species!
Did you ever hear of the drugstore beetle that thrives in red pepper, or insects so tiny that they live on the tongue of the horsefly, or insects whose lives are so short that they have neither mouth nor stomachs and never eat at all? These really do exist, each in its own place that God has given it.
Insects have no bones. They wear their skeletons on the outside. From our point of view they are built inside out and upside down. Their hearts are on top near their backs. Insects are very strong also. In experiments the scarab beetle was made to carry 850 times its weight! Most men can lift little more than two thirds of their weight, and that’s straining!
In insects that fly, we find them amazingly able to carry their own weight and more with wings thinner than fine paper. A dragonfly can hit forty miles per hour. In insects that do not fly we find other amazing displays of power. A flea is able to jump one hundred times its own height. If man could do this he could jump over the Washington Monument. Other insects have hearing ranges far superior to man’s. Some have specialized eyes for brightness or darkness, others have amazing abilities to taste and smell. Butterflies and bees can taste not only with their mouths, but with their feet. Some male moths are able to catch the scent of a female moth nine miles downwind!
Indeed, God has created what seems to us an infinite variety and at the same time He has given attention to the finest of details. But what does this say to us? Simply this—if God so cares for insects that are here today and gone with a swat, does He not care for you and me! God is interested in the finest detail of your life as well as the big things. There is no problem too large or too small for God. He Who cares for detail in the insects we cannot see, cares infinitely more for you and me.
Those who allow God to run their lives find God will work out every detail, large or small, and make them fitted for his purpose in creating them. Learn a lesson from the insect. Accept God’s plan for your life and it will work out perfectly.
ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you."