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Genesis 1:16 states, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule by day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

This is one of my favorite scriptures because it demonstrates the majesty of God. The simple phrase, “He made the stars also,” is humorous to me. It is like God is saying, “No biggie. Just trillions of stars I created too.”

The Vastness of our Creator

Up until Galileo invented the telescope, astronomer’s believed there were only fifteen-hundred stars in the night’s sky. Then the Hubble telescope was invented centuries later, which then aided in the discovery of the vastness of our universe.

  • There are approximately ten billion galaxies in the cosmos?
  • Not only that, there are one hundred billion stars in each galaxy.
  • So, there are approximately one billion trillion stars in our observable universe.
  • ONE BILLION TRILLION

“He made the stars also,” is a declarative statement that proves the greatness of our God.

Psalm 147:4 declares, “He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.”

God has enchanted our evenings with billions of stars to make the night sky full of awe and wonder. We serve a God who has created unique, intricate snowflakes to fall down from billowy clouds, causing them to glisten and sparkle over the landscapes of this world. David proclaimed in the book of Psalms that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and Luke declares that every hair on your head is numbered. We truly serve an incredible God.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for creating such a beautiful world for me to enjoy and thank You for creating me in Your image. You are sovereign and magnificent. Remind me when I look up to the night’s sky that You know every detail of my life. I love you, Lord.

 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27, KJV.

I am enamored with the Genesis creation narrative and have always thought the conversations of origin and worldview to be fascinating. Most people during their lifetime will ask themselves, “Why am I here? What is my purpose? Who is my creator?”

I remember when I was a little girl asking my mom, “If God created me, who created God?” It is amazing that you an I are masterpieces designed by a God who has no creator; because he is the master creator. Without God everything would cease to exist.

Last year as I was teaching a Bible study about the creation of the world, I was asked by a disgruntled individual, “If humans are so important to God, then why did He wait to create them last?”

So, I ask you that same question. Why is humanity the last creation in the book of Genesis?

It is because God is a God of divine order.

Incandescent light

Genesis 1:1­­–2 begins with an explanation of the earth’s condition before God’s first creative acts declaring, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

God then speaks into the impenetrable darkness and creates light, even before He creates the sun. This incandescent light brings structure to the world and reveals the character of God, who is light (cf: John 1:5).

There is an order of creation. God did not create man first, because He had to first create the things that would sustain man. Before he spoke every animal and insect into existence, he created the grass, herbs, and trees. Before He created the fish, sea creatures, and whales, He created water. And, before He created all things, He created light, which allows all things to grow and prosper.

You are God’s prized creation! You are God’s chosen. God did not wait to create humanity last because they are the least of His creation; He created us last because He had a divine order of how to take care of us.

You may not understand the pattern of your life, but when you give your life to God, you can trust that He has a master plan and a divine order to take care of you! Continue to trust that He is speaking light into the darkness and keep believing that everything will work together for good to those who love God and called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for having a master plan, even in creation. Whenever I question my purpose, I pray that you would show me how loved I am by You. I may not understand every hill and valley, but I will submit myself to Your divine order and trust You.

 

Did you hear about the Great North American Eclipse in August 2017? I know it sounds simple – the moon crossed in front of the sun – but it was a very exciting day. I avoided the tourists by staying home to experience 99% of a total eclipse. I had read that it would be a remarkable experience, but I was unprepared for how impossible it would be to capture the eclipse in words or pictures. The sun darkened slowly throughout the morning, and our automatic porch lights flicked on. The air became chilly. Birds and bugs grew quiet, confused at the signs of nighttime. Beams of sunlight passing through the trees were transformed into crescent shapes. Most amazing of all, the air around us begin to shimmer with wavy shadows as if we were underwater.

I can tell you what we saw, but I can’t possibly explain what it was like to see it. As the moon crossed in front of the sun, I had an unreasonable desire to ignore all the stern warnings about protecting my vision and stare right into the light. (I didn’t, but I thought about it!) The sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but it is also 400 times farther away from Earth. From where I stood in my driveway, they appeared to be perfectly aligned. The scale of such perfection millions of miles apart was simply unimaginable. Scientists call it a mathematical coincidence, but to me it felt like God was showing off His glory!

The universe is stunning not just because it is beautiful, but because it reveals so much about our Creator’s power.

As surely as He cares about the details of the wide open universe, he cares about the details of all the human hearts on Earth. He knows us in intimate detail, and His love is greater than we can imagine!

But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
    the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you;
    and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
 In his hand is the life of every living thing
    and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:7-10 ESV

Devotion by Kristi Moore