Thursday, April 27, 2017

"The Number of the Stars"

"The Number of the Stars"            
   "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite" (Psalm 147:4-5).

   Astronomers estimate the number of stars in the universe to be nearly incalculable.  The count increases as the years go by and God's creation is discovered to be of much greater dimension.  However, vast as it may be and whatever the number of the stars, this we know - they all have names, and our Lord made every one of  them with specific reasons for their existence.

    This requires infinite understanding.  Regardless of creation's magnitude and complexity, it remains lesser than it's Creator.  Thus, the growing statistics regarding the universe results in a growing revelation of God's greatness:  "The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).  Every advance in scientific knowledge further unveils our Lord's wonder, which makes the rejection of God by so many who discover Him in creation all the more tragic.  As A.W. Tozer wrote, "Modern man bows to examine the creation rather than worship the Creator."  We should actually do both since God's "invisible things" shine forth in "the things that are made."

    For the believer, our Lord's immeasurable greatness leads to opportunities for faith.  Nothing in our lives begins to outweigh God's ability to analyze and apply His infinite wisdom to deal with our challenges.  Of course, He works according to His wisdom regarding both the nature and timing of His supply, and we frequently find ourselves called to "wait on the Lord" (Psalm 27:14).  Nevertheless, we can be sure of His greatness applied in the lives of all who trust Him.  His Word bears witness, and the vast number of worlds He made echoes the truth.  "His understanding is infinite," as revealed by the stars He named, and the perfection of His ways in our lives.

"He made the stars also."
(Genesis 1:16)
"The very hairs of your head are all numbered."
(Matthew 10:30)

Weekly Memory Verse 
"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day."
(Psalm 25:5)

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