And Then He Made the Stars

Driving home from the airport last night with the top down, tufts of cloud hovered near, revealing the vast, inky sky beyond. Directly overhead, in a square break of the clouds, stood the hunter warrior Orion, a constellation set in place at creation. “And then he made the stars.” (Genesis 1:16)

Job wrote earlier than 2000 B.C., “[God] alone stretched out the heavens; made the Bear and Orion, the Pleides and the chambers of the south.” (Job 9:8, 9) “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? When the morning stars sang together? Can you bind the chains of the Pleides or loose the cords of Orion? Do you know the ordinances of heaven?” (Job 38:4, 7, 31-33)

And Amos, a shepherd-farmer and prophet in the 8th century B.C., said, “He who made the Pleides and Orion, and turns deep darkness into morning and darkens the day into night, the LORD is his name.” (Amos 5:8)

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth—all things were created through him and for him. And in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

“[Jesus], through whom [God] made all things…upholds the universe by the word of his power.” Hebrews 1:2, 3

Orion was set in place millennia ago! It was identified over 4000 years ago, recorded 2800 years ago, and still stands sentry today! I catch my breath. I am known and cared for by this God! “When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars which you have set in place, what is man, that you are mindful of him, the son of man, that you care for him? Yet, you made him a little lower than the heavenly beings, and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5

Kenya 10-16 rain and light near sunset

This, this is the God Who sustains me! He spreads His majesty before me, daily displays His power, and underneath are His everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27). Where is room for concern or fear? For fretting over lesser things?

Daily may I gaze in wonder at the high and holy God, and rest (and rejoice like the morning stars) in His order and purpose.

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