ODJ: Star Gazing

July 20, 2017 

READ: Isaiah 40:25-28 

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth (v.28).

My adopted teenage son and I had the privilege of hosting two of his closest friends, Brock and Wesley (and their parents), in his native country of Uganda. Though our friends were spending just one week in East Africa, their plans were so ambitious that I said to Brock, “Your dad wants to do everything in seven days.” “It’s possible,” Brock replied. “God made the earth in seven days.” “Yes,” my son said with a smile, “but did God do all of these activities?”

As we plotted our days and tried (unsuccessfully!) to fit all we wanted to accomplish into our allotted time frame, our efforts and lighthearted conversations prompted us to reflect on this profound truth: no one, absolutely no one, compares to the Lord, our Creator, the Holy One (Isaiah 40:25).

The everlasting God desires that we continually come to this place of embracing that He alone is Lord and “the Creator of all the earth” (v.28). He calls us to gaze at His creation, to look up at the stars and to marvel at His handiwork. He knows that as we do so we’ll better grasp that “he brings [the stars] out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of [God’s] great power and incomparable strength, not a single [star] is missing” (v.26).

This passage of Scripture, the heavens and the entire Bible proclaims that the Lord who created and orchestrates the mighty host of stars in the sky is our Creator, and He is for us. While no person can measure the depths of His understanding, through Scripture, the Holy Spirit and His creation we can know with full certainty that the God who never grows weak or weary is constantly at work on our behalf (vv.27-28).

—Roxanne Robbins

365-day plan: Mark 7:1-37

Read Psalm 19:1-6 and consider how the cosmos speaks of God. 
What impresses you most about God’s creation? How does it make you feel to be loved by such an amazing, creative One?