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“But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you”. Psalm 5:11 NIV As defined by National Geographic, “Camouflage, also called cryptic coloration, is a defense or tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings. Organisms use camouflage to mask their location, identity, and movement. This allows prey to avoid predators, and for predators to sneak up on prey”. Science attempts to convince us that protection evolved over millions of years. However, we know it was designed by God through His purposeful creation of animals and plant life. Behind every detail of His creation lies a purpose. Whether it is man, animals, plants, or the moon, sun, and stars. Each has its own purpose, designated by its creator, God. It is no accident or case of happenstance that a leopard can lie in a grassy field, protecting himself, concealed from his enemies. He can also go undetected in order to carry out a surprise attack on the animal which will become his lunch. This is how God protects His animal creation. As followers of Jesus Christ we have protection as well. We could wear camouflage clothing, but that would hardly disguise us unless we lived in the forest. We have the full armor as Paul teaches in Ephesians 6:11 - Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Also, we have the protections the Psalmist describes as he reflects on his need for God’s protection. Psalm 40:11 - Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD; may your love and your truth always protect me. Psalm 91:14 - "Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. While man today uses camouflage to hide from his prey or his enemy in battle, God knew and understood our need for protection, and created His brand of camouflage centuries ago. ----- Gary K. Fair

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