“The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
Psalm 19:1, NASB
Let’s suppose for a moment that we’re out in the desert and it’s about 1 or 2 in the morning. It’s a moonless night, so the sky has seem to exploded in starlight and as far as your eye can see, you see nothing but stars and stars and still more stars. Now, you start to focus your trusted telescope on a quadrant just off to the east and you see the most beautiful constellation low on the horizon. You have heard that this particular star system is roughly 3 billion light years away from our planet. And even from this distance, you can see marvelous colors associated with such stars. You have fantasize about travel to this place, but it’s so far away, that even if there’s a possibility of such travel, by the time you reach the star system, you’ll likely be dead or the system itself might have burned itself out long before you and your party get there.
Still, you wonder about it, knowing full will that you’d never get there. Nevertheless, you wonder what’s the purpose of such a system. You know from your studies that our moon has it purpose, it helps control tidal shifts and aid the oceans of the earth in keeping them in motion, so that they won’t become stagnate. It also helps keep the earth’s rotation at a constant speed through its gravitational effect. You learned that the sun that gives us light, also plays an important part in controlling the weather patterns of our planet. In fact, all of the planets in our solar system affect each other to a certain extant. But this arrangement of stars that is 3 billion light years away has no measurable effect on our galaxy, let alone our planet. So again, what is its purpose? We don’t know if there are any planets orbiting any of its stars. We don’t even know if there is life on any of the planets that may or may not be there. And it’s certainly not feasible to travel to a far off place with so many unknown factors (what I mean is there are certain things closer that could be more profitable to us than to go on an exploration trip millions and millions miles away) all we know for certain is that it’s there and its lovely to look at.
Some individuals have said that God is not going to climb in to a test tube and say, “Here I am!” and they’re right; why should He? But yet it’s amazing that He could be as clear as day with evidence that He is here and some still don’t believe the existence of God.
The purpose of that star system that captured our attention, heck - all of the stars for that matter, do serve a purpose – while we might get some enjoyment because of such loveliness as a star system has, they weren’t originally here for our good pleasure. They were here long before we were and they’ll be here long after all of us have passed on. Their purpose is to reveal the glory of the Lord. This is the only idea that makes any sense. The stars were made for someone else’s contentment. Nature endures because of someone else’s delight. And us, mankind, were made with that same exhilaration that made the stars and all that we see.
From our perspective, stars don’t have any effect on us, other than the one that keeps us warm and full of light. Something that is so far out there doesn’t mean a hill of beans to us and to be honest, it shouldn’t - unless it was about to come careening into our orbit, which would really be a bad thing. But they are still there, circumventing their paths, speeding through space; as they supposed to do, telling of His works and showing His glory.
God doesn’t climb into a test tube and says, “here I am!”, but on some moonless night, and the stars are as abundant as the snow in January, He will definitely let you know that He is here and nature will most assuredly show you that He is not silent either.
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