Big Sky

“The heavens declare the glory of God…” (Ps. 19:1).

The sun, moon, stars, the planets and all astronomical objects and events point toward the existence, creativity, goodness, greatness and majesty of the Creator. This is why Paul writes that humanity is “without excuse” for unbelief (Rom. 1:20). It’s a great big universe fashioned by an eternal God. A really big universe.

A point of reference for your consideration…

Gaze into the reaches of the night sky and find Polaris, the North Star. The twinkling light falling on your eyes began its journey nearly 434 years ago (around the same time that Squanto, the Native American who helped the Pilgrims weather that first harsh winter at Plymouth, was born). Speeding along at 700 million miles per hour, the light is just now reaching Earth. That’s just one star.

One.

One out of many.

So many in fact, if you were to take the number of all the grains of sand on our planet and multiply it times 10, you would get the low-end estimate of the total number of stars in existence.

God not only spoke them all into being, but He knows their number and calls each by name (Ps. 147:4).

But He is not just the God of Polaris, the Andromeda galaxy and the rings of Saturn, He’s also the God who sees every sparrow that falls, numbers the hairs on your head (Matt. 10:29-30)…and He knows your name too.

Yes, He’s the transcendent Creator, but He’s also the personal Redeemer and Sustainer.

He is mindful of you.

And you, me and all humans are His crown jewels of creation; Polaris isn’t even a rhinestone by comparison.

Take comfort that this God, in the vastness of the universe, is intimately acquainted with you.

Psalm 139:17-18
How precious to me are your thoughts God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand…

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