Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Have you ever been to a planetarium show? It's usually held in a circular theater where everyone sits in a chair that leans back so as to have a comfortable view of the projected sky above. It doesn't mater where one sits, all seats provide a great view. This is good advise for Christians. In Ephesians 2:6 it says, "And God raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus". We are, as Christians, already seated in a perfect place. We don't have to strain to look, or yearn for a better seat or view, we're already there.

Psalm 8:3-5 When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

I don't know about you, but when I walk outside on a starry night I am always amazed at the wonder of the Lord's creation -- the stars, the moons, the planets. We bought ourselves high powered binoculars last Christmas. The first time I took them outside, and set them upon a tripod for stability, and looked up at the moon, I was awestruck. I could actually see the moons craters.
It made me take pause, and for a moment I couldn't even breath for the sheer wonderment of seeing something with the naked eye. I mean, it's nice to be able to view our universe on TV shows or the internet, but seeing it first hand is so much more inspiring. I wonder if that's how it will be the first time we meet Jesus? Will we run to him like a long lost friend? Will we revere Him by falling to our knees, or we will simply stare in awestruck admiration and love?  Who knows, but isn't it a totally mind-blowing thought? I mean as cool as it is to see craters on the moon, or spy the rings of Jupiter through a large reflective lens, remember, you are merely looking at a tiny portion of Gods creativity and ability. That's why we should look, think, and fearfully worship him. Not in an -- I'm scared to death kind of way -- but in a full of awe and reverence kind of way. 

So, next time you look up at the night sky or sit back to watch a planetarium show, remember who made and placed all of those sparkling beauties in the universe. And then remember, Psalm 139:14  "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well". Humans are not a product of chance or haphazard construction as some evolutionary biologist will have you believe. We were His plan from the beginning of creation. We were made to bear His image -- in mind, will, and emotion. That is, He gave us knowledge, righteousness, and holiness. What we do with it is up to us.

Pretend you are an astronaut looking back at earth from just past the gravitational pull. Your spaceship then begins to move away...farther...farther. Past Neptune and far in to the Milky Way where you pause to look back at our planet. How small it looks, it's a mere sparkly blip. Kind of makes you feel insignificant, doesn't it? Here's the catch, we aren't. We are greater than any moon, or star, or universe combined. Hard to believe, I know. But every hair on our head is far more valuable than any stellar nebula.

Luke 12:7  Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Every one of us is a sparkling star who will shine brighter the more we know and trust the Lord. Shine on friends, shine on.

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