Be Still Know
READ: Isaiah 40:25-26 NLT
“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.”
I have never studied astronomy but I find the scale of the universe totally mind boggling. Light travels at 186,282 miles per second. That’s fast! But to go on any significant journey into space we will need to travel at that speed. So let’s get going. In one minute we will have travelled over 11 million miles and by the end of the day we will have covered 16,000 million miles. You would probably be ready for a cup of tea by that point but we must keep going. After a year we will have travelled nearly 6 million, million miles. That’s good going but we mustn’t take a break because we have more than three more years to go before we reach the nearest stars. No doubt we would feel a great sense of achievement to have got that far, but don’t get too cocky because we would need to keep going for another 20,000 years at the same speed to reach the edge of our galaxy. But even when we get there we need to realize that the journey has only just begun because there are more than 2 million, million other galaxies. Wow!
I love the fact that we talk of the God of the Universe as being our friend and I believe he wants us to do so. But when we gaze at the universe we need to be clear that we are talking about a very special friend and one who we can only approach with total humility, worship and adoration. As we worship God let’s lift our eyes. Let’s look to the sun, the moon and the stars and gasp in absolute amazement that this great God is willing to enter into a relationship with you and me.
QUESTION: When you think of the vastness of the universe what is your response?
PRAYER: Loving God we praise you for your amazing creation. Forgive us that we so easily take it for granted and please help us to use it increasingly as the springboard for our worship. Amen.
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