I’m drawn to the stars. I love to stand outside on a clear night and stare up at the vastness of sky stretched out before me. Wonder and reverence overwhelm me and I can almost feel the way my perspective shifts as I stand captivated by a million tiny pinpricks of light twinkling is a sea of inky darkness.
I suddenly feel small compared to the bigness of the sky, and not in a way that threatens me, but in a way that reminds me that I am temporary and finite but seen, known, and incomprehensibly loved by the God whose artistry created the cosmos.
There is a little verse tucked away in the creation account of Genesis that has always stirred in my heart this deep awe over the majesty and power of God. Without fail, it echoes in my mind while I stand there in a state of worship.
“He also made the stars.”Genesis 1:16b
As you read this passage of scripture take note of that simple sentence. Nothing God does is insignificant, but there is almost a nonchalance to this verse that caught me by surprise the first time I read it. It has stuck with me ever since.
Genesis 1:14-18 NIV “And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 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. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”
He also made the stars.
No big deal for our God. After all, He just spoke time, seasons, years, months, day and night, light and dark, and the sun and the moon into existence. And if that wasn’t enough to draw forth praise from our lips, there, almost as an afterthought, is one of my favorite verses.
He also made the stars.
With His words, He brought forth innumerable stars, galaxies, solar systems, constellations, and planets. He deliberately placed each one to give light to the earth and to separate light from darkness because He is light and because even in darkness, His light will shine.
I can’t help but think of the night sky as a gift intended to remind us of a sovereign, mighty, powerful Creator who loved us so much that He spread the universe out before us as a display of that love.
I’d like to invite you to try something. I’ve found it to be profoundly helpful and maybe you will as well. Now, it won’t change your situation or fix whatever problems you may be facing, but it has the potential to shift your perspective and stir up praise and worship in your Spirit.
When you’re having a hard day and life’s problems see too big to handle, step outside and raise your eyes to night sky. Whisper, “He also made the stars.” And as you do, think about how big, how great, how awesome, how powerful, how capable, how intentional, how mighty, and how sovereign our God is.
Then, remind yourself that the very same God who made the stars knows your name. He knows the number of hairs on your head, the thoughts in your mind, the worries on your heart, and every detail about you. He loves you with a love so great that was willing to die to reconcile you to Himself.
That very same God has never left you or forsaken you and He never will.
As you whisper those words into the flickering stars, let the truth of the bigness of God wash over you. Trust in His ability to care for you. Rest in His presence. Have confidence in who He is and how He loves you. Let His light drives out darkness.
It may not change your circumstances, but I’m sure it will change your heart.
Father God, Sometimes life and its’ problems feel so big, but we know that you are bigger. The darkness is scary and can feel overwhelming, but we know that you are light. God, we trust in who you are. We trust in your loving care. We know you are able to do far more than we can think or imagine. Help us to remember and rest in that truth. Amen