Since it’s been so hot throughout the day I’ve been keeping in the shade for protection, but at night time I’ve enjoyed sitting out in the garden. Last night I noticed for the first time that directly above our home is the one star formation I know, the Plough. It was so relaxing, watching more and more stars appear in the sky as it grew darker. I’m reminded of what the Bible says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (1) When I look at the skies I can never doubt that they are the product of a wonderful designer and creator. Day and night, the sky, clouds, stars, shooting stars, planets, all provide evidence of a brilliant mind behind them.
God once said, “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.” (2) Such a word makes me feel small. I have a God who created the stars, who names each one and not one is missing because of his care. I can only identify the Plough and I have no idea how many stars there are, let alone what they are called.
God spoke again in his Word about the stars. He said, “Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?” (3) I must admit, I don’t know what it all means but I don’t think anyone does, not even our greatest astronomers. Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you even count the stars? Such things are beyond us but not beyond our creator God.
David, the great Bible king and songwriter wrote, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (4) This amazing creator God whose fingers created the moon and stars has a care for the human race. He knows each star by name and he knows you by name. He knows everything about you, including the secret things you would rather keep hidden, and he loves you. How do I know this? That’s simple, he gave up his Son to die for you. He’s seen the good and bad and his heart is so full of love for you he chose a means of salvation, rescuing you from the presence, power and penalty of sin, that required try death of Jesus.
Why would God choose the death of his Son to save you from sin and give you eternal life? I have no idea. Once again, no one does. We look at ourselves and we sometimes wonder why anyone would love us, we may not even love ourselves, but the great creator God loves us and let his Son die for us. It’s beyond explanation but it’s what the Bible teaches as truth. We are loved with an all-consuming love and God is asking us to acknowledge his love and believe in the truth that Jesus died for us. Jesus has already paid the penalty for our sin, we will not and cannot be condemned, and one day we will be free from sin’s presence and power which will sadly affect us until we die.
God gives us all a choice. We can believe in the death of Jesus when he paid the price for our sins. If we do so we are immediately set free from sin’s penalty and can look forward to an eternity without sin. We are saved. Alternatively, we can reject Jesus and carry the penalty for our sins. If we do that the future offers nothing but imminent judgement at the hand of a God who we have rejected. God’s judgements are always fair but how can we expect anything good from him if we have rejected his Son who died for us?
- Psalm 19:1-4
- Isaiah 40:25,26
- Job 38:31-33
- Psalm 8 3,4