Lord of the Stars

Starburst Galaxy M82

I’m going through a discipleship program at church and the chapter I just finished had me review several attributes of God.

One in particular stood out to me – God’s omniscience:

God possess all knowledge, knowing all there is to know whether actual or possible. (from Chapter 2 of Partners: One-On-One Discipleship by Dr. Mike Fabarez)

The homework exercise required me to examine several passages throughout both the Old and New Testaments, summarizing how God’s omniscience was taught in each section of Scripture. One section radiated a special glimmer:

He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.

(Psalm 147:4-5 ESV; emphasis added)

This is mind-blowing to me.

NASA doesn’t have a solid grasp on how many stars and planets and galaxies actually exist in the universe. Mankind will surely continue to search deeper into space to achieve greater knowledge about the contents of the known universe.

  • To infinity and beyond!
  • To boldly go where no man has gone before.

Man is a finite being; God, however, is infinite. He “possesses all knowledge” and was there in the beginning bringing each star into existence. God merely breathed out a word and stars were born.

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

(Genesis 1:14-19 NKJV; emphasis added)

One of my favorite memories of my good friend Charlie Yates comes from a Sunday morning when he preached on this passage. Notice that the comment about the creation of stars is almost mentioned as an aside— “…oh, and He made the stars also.” It’s like God took care of doing the “hard work” of speaking the sun and moon into existence, but the stars were no big deal either. Y’all, there are billions of these dots of light in our night sky. If you were to zoom in on each star, I’m fairly positive space scientists and telescope operators would confirm that stars are not merely dots. Compared to you, me, and planet Earth, they’re huge. How can billions of them be no big deal? Oh yeah, and don’t forget that God knows the total number of them (we don’t know that and never will) and has names for each one (I can barely remember the names of my singles’ group peers).

This has been such a great meditation for me over the last week. Praise to the Creator God who not only brought about each star into existence but also sustains each one that He chooses (see Colossians 1:16).

Jesus, thank you for rescuing me from the void of spiritual darkness and adopting me into the family of Light.

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13-14 NASB)

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