He also made the stars

Young Stars at Home in Ancient Cluster by NASA Goddard Photo and Video is licensed under CC-BY 2.0

In Genesis 1:14-18, we are told about the part of creation where God populates the heavens with lights.  The sun and moon are appointed as rulers over day and night.  In other words, they will be the dominant lights and the basis for things like telling the time, seasons and location based on their appearance. 

Almost like an afterthought, Moses adds “… he also made the stars.”  There are countless stars, constellations and galaxies spreading out millions of light years into space.  Each one huge in size, sending out blinding light and containing power and energy beyond our imagination.  We could wax lyrical about them but the writer constrains himself to barely more than a footnote on them.

In ancient times, people became fixated on the stars and planets, deifying and worshipping them.  Even today, there are many drawn into the world of horoscopes believing that the alignment of specific stars at their birth and today can determine their destiny.  The Bible is clear that this is not so. The sun, moon and stars are not gods, they do not command our fate. They are impressive but they remain created objects.

Our focus is not meant to be on the creation despite its reflected glory and brilliance.  Our focus is meant to be on the Creator, on the God who made the stars. Instead of entrusting our day to fate, dependent on the alignment of finite, physical objects we remember:

“hands that flung stars into space, to cruel nails surrendered”

Graham Kendrick, The Servant King
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