Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. (Genesis 1:14-15 NLT).
Remember on day one when God created light? Turns out he wasn’t finished. On the fourth day he decided to get a little bit more detailed – now the lights that he created would have a specific purpose. They would mark the seasons, the days and the years.
It’s interesting to note that as much as scientists and astrologers know about the universe that we live in they are unable to tell us how many stars exist. Oh they guestimate and tell us that there are billions of stars - but how many billions? Nobody knows. And I’m okay with that.
I read an article that stated that the stars aren’t scattered randomly as they first appear. They are actually gathered in huge galaxies that contain millions, maybe even billions of stars. I want us to pause here for a second: stars aren’t as random as they appear. But then, you already knew that. After all you have seen the Big and Little Dippers, you may even have seen Orion’s Belt or the Great Bear. Here’s the really cool part – all of these things were spoken into being by the Almighty God.
I like to think that God had a picture in his head of what he wanted to create before he spoke the words. He must have a really good imagination for all of these things to be so beautiful yet functional.
What’s even more amazing is how everything ties together. This tells me that God has a scientific mind. How else would he know that it would take exactly 364 ¼ days for the Earth to make one revolution around the sun and that that period of time would be called a year?
Oh did you think that man came up with that all by himself? There’s nothing new under the sun. Everything that we “learn” about this world that we’re living in, God already knew. It is God who gives us the ability to seek knowledge and to receive understanding.
But, on to our theme – how do the galaxies of stars tell us of the glory of God?
First things first, have you ever tried to count the stars? Bearing in mind that there’s a lot of pollution which limits what we’re able to see with the naked eye – there are a lot of stars! There’s an episode of Curious George that my son and I like to watch, where George decided one night that he wanted to count the stars but he kept loosing track of the stars (aka he kept falling asleep). While it’s a comical take on the story, it really goes to show how there are literally countless amounts of stars in the sky – and that’s just in our galaxy!
No one can number the stars yet God knows the exact number – there’s a game played by children where someone thinks of a number and the other person is asked to guess the number… you may have played it when you were younger and unless you were really honest, you would have changed the number you were thinking of when the person guessed it right. God doesn’t need to do that.
When he created the image of the galaxy in his head, it went way beyond anything that man could ever visualize or conceptualize. To know that this person is God, should give us a sense of awe and wonder.
God has the whole universe under control – Do you have days when it seems as if everything that could go wrong did? I had a week like that recently. Yet in spite of all that, it was good to know that someone was in control even when I feel totally out of control.
One of the things that I like to do is lie on my back and look up at the sky – I don’t try to count the stars, but I find that it helps to put things into perspective for me. I am reminded that everything is in the hand of the Most High God and all is right with the world.
Stars remind us of the promise made to Abraham - Remember the story of Abraham? How God promised him that he would have countless amounts of descendants? You can read the story in Genesis 15:1-5.
God asked him to count the stars that he was able to see and know that his seed would far exceed that. We are the children of that promise. Whenever we see a star we should be reminded of the goodness of God and the fact the he always keeps his promises.
What other lessons can you learn from the stars? Share them with us in the comments below!