By Elizabeth Prata
And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. (Genesis 1:16).
The Bible declares there is one God, in three Persons. And that He made everything we see and all that we do not see. He is transcendent, apart from creation, above it, master.
I believe the Bible’s recounting of actual history, that in the beginning was God and that He made the earth, sky, and stars within a six-day period, and then He rested.
Doesn’t that phrase at the end of verse 16 just tickle you as it does me? He made all this, oh, and the stars too.
The Psalmists marveled as well. In Psalm 147:4 we read that not only did God make the stars, He named all of them!
He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names
Looking up into the night sky, the Bible’s countless shepherds must have marveled at the milky skyway adorned with stars winking and blinking and twinkling, They must have been in awe.
Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. (Isaiah 40:26).
And not only did He make the stars (almost as a throwaway line) and not only did He name them, but He made them all different to display His glory.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:41).
We are so separate from the stars. Only a few men and women have gone into space and seen the stars a bit closer than we have on earth. Here they seem like pretty little pebbles, like periwinkles glittering in the wet sand on the beach.
Yet…think of this. The stars aren’t just pretty pebbles glittering in the night sky. Each one has energy. Think of the energy the sun has.
The sun contains seemingly endless energy, flares erupt, coronal mass ejections are hurled into space, emitting tons of radiation and other energy. The sun boils and cycles and is quiet, then erupts again.
They boiling mass of energy is the sun, a star. And He created it. God created ALL the stars, with ALL their energy.
God is more than that energy, greater, and powerful in speaking them all into existence with just a word. All that energy in every star in the universe can’t add up to the energy God has in speaking just one word!
I mentioned this to a friend, and I said isn’t that amazing? She said, No, it’s terrifying.
A God who does that, makes all the stars too, with their energy, is a terrifying God, a holy and powerful God.
I mentioned this to another friend. She said, it is amazing, and you know what is even more amazing? The Bible speaks of salvation being the true miracle, the true demonstration of power and might. His overcoming sin and forgiving and conversions and clean hearts. This is the true miracle power.
It is good to bow down to God, Creator of heavens and earth. It is good to be reminded of His terrifying power. it is good to extol His grace and gentleness in forgiving sinners.
I pray you think on these creation things. I pray you have friends you can and do speak of His creative power, His terrifying power, His forgiving power. Extol Him in all His ways today. He is endlessly wonderful to think of.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NAS)