703) He Made the Stars Also

By Randy Alcorn, Blog posted March 13, 2015 at:  www.epm.org

     From childhood I’ve loved astronomy.  Night after night I would gaze at the stars, clueless about a Creator, but longing for something more.  I yearned for something bigger than myself.

     One night I discovered the great galaxy of Andromeda, with its trillion stars, 2.5 million light years away.  I was filled with awe.  I longed to go there and explore its wonders, and lose myself in something greater than I was.

     My wonder was trumped by an unbearable sense of loneliness and separation.  I wanted to worship, but I didn’t know who.  I wept because I felt so incredibly small.  Unknown to me, God was using the wonders of the universe to draw me to Himself.  As Romans 1 says, I was seeing in what He had made “his invisible attributes, his eternal power and divine nature.”

     One night several years later, I opened a Bible and saw these words for the first time:  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  And then I read verse 16, the greatest understatement ever:  “He made the stars also.”  A universe one hundred billion light years across, containing countless trillions of stars, and the Bible makes them sound like a casual add-on!

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209 Incredible Seconds to Humble You:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L36sy90dJ0

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Genesis 1:1  —   In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:16  —  God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.

Psalm 19:1-2  —  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.

Psalm 147:3-5  —  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.  Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Romans 1:18-20  —  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

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A few more seconds to give hope to a humble heart:

PSALM 8:1, 3-6, 9:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens…

 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?

  You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet…

 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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There are no ordinary people.  You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations (and universes)— these are mortal; and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat.  –C. S. Lewis

Isaiah 51:6  —  Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies.  But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.

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