More Than Astronomical

I am going to be completely honest: I am an astronomy nerd. For real, though. I remember learning about the nine planets (looking at you Pluto) in kindergarten back in 1998. Ever since then it has enamored me. Turns out my dad also loves astronomy and so the two of us would share news or facts we discovered, go to bookstores and just flip through books filled with the images from the Hubble Telescope and satellites, surf the NASA and Space websites checking out everything that was on there. It truly is a love of ours.

But the best part of it? God created it. The universe is simply a canvas displaying the creativity of our Divine Creator. Everything from the microscopic to the massive giants in the sky showcases His power.

The craziest parts of it? Okay, number one – God spoke it into being.

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” Psalm 33:6 NIV

“It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens.” Jeremiah 10:12 & 51:15 ESV

How’s that for power? How’s that for a Divine Creator? He merely spoke and breathed, and it came into existence. (Genesis 1:3-25) I don’t know about you but I know I cannot do that.

Second, God holds it as a whole in His hands.

“He holds in His hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.” Psalm 95:4 NLT

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.” Hebrews 1:3a ESV

Now that is truly stunning because that to me shows just how magnificent our God really is. He’s so great. This is what gets me pumped!

“There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by God who knows what He is doing.” Donald Miller

So here we have an unbelievably creative God who breathed the world into existence and holds it all in His hands. He is so massive and great that we cannot comprehend. When you think of how big some of the celestial objects are (if you’ve never watched Louie Giglio, I recommend watching “How Great is Our God/If Earth Were a Golfball” on Youtube), we are nothing compared to the rest of creation. You might think an ant is minuscule but we are. Yet in the grandness of the universe, God saw such value in us, human beings who were made in His image, that He sent His Son to be bound by time and space, to be as tiny as us, to die on the cross bearing our sins – then how come we doubt Him? Why do we doubt His love for us? Why do we doubt His power? Why do we doubt His knowledge?

I love in Job 38 when God speaks to Job about the things He has done and can do.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? … 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?” Job 38:4-5, 31-33 NIV

Even the prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Amos speak of the greatness of God, acknowledging and praising His powerful authority and creativity.

“Who else has held the oceans in His hand? Who has measured off the heavens with His fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?” Isaiah 40:12 NLT

“He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.” Isaiah 40:22b NIV

“God, the LORD, created the heavens and stretched them out. He created the earth and everything in it. He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth.” Isaiah 42:5 NIV

“‘Ah, LORD God! It is You who have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for You.” Jeremiah 32:17 ESV

“He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the LORD is His name!” Amos 5:8 ESV

God is more than capable of handling our problems, of hearing our frustrations and pains, and healing our hearts.

Out of everything He has created He finds you to be of most value, so much so He died for you. This world is full of evidence that He cares for you. God shows off His brilliance so we can physically see what He is capable of. He didn’t have to die for us but He chose to.

During college, I spent two full summers working at a camp in western North Carolina. Talk about beautiful scenery. Every night I had to walk up a large hill to get to my cabin. Being able to look up and see the celestial sky in brilliance made that hike worth it. Sometimes I would just go and stand in the field next to the hill and just look up in awe. I remember one night just gazing at the stars and a certain thought came to mind. I thought, “how dare I doubt God. How dare I doubt His power and ability to be in-control!” Just look at His power displayed in creation! His knowledge! Why shouldn’t I bring my pains before Him? How could I not fall at His feet in worship, casting my burdens into His loving hands? How could I think that He isn’t capable of handling the things I struggle with?

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7 NLT

“Our lives are in His hands, and He keeps our feet from stumbling.” Psalm 66:9 NLT

Let the stars and the night sky be a reminder to you as they are to me that God cares for us and He has power over every detail; that no struggle you are facing is too big for Him. He is always in-control.


 

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