“He counts the number of the stars;
He calls them all by name.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power;
His understanding is infinite.” (Psalm 147:4-5)
WOW! That is awesome! One of the things that I constantly think of when discussing the gospel with unbelievers is their willingness to accept some things the Bible says, but not others. They will agree that God created the universe, but dispute that it was done in seven days. (well, six anyway). Moreover, while agreeing that God created the universe they will dispute that the Bible is God’s inspired, inerrant Word.
Take a good look at that photo up there. If He could make it at all, how is it so crazy an idea that the God who made THAT couldn’t preserve His communication to man. The grandeur and inconceivable magnitude of creation demands a God who is infinitely beyond our comprehension. Out of this it seems so small to accept that He couldn’t keep one lousy book from being corrupted.
People are willing to accept the creation account in Genesis, but reject the Word as inerrant because in the Word, God’s moral attributes come into play. If they plug their ears, they hope, they can avert His judgment by avoiding accountability.
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,” (Rom 1:20)
Providentially, God’s moral attributes are in view, even in creation. That term, “Godhead,” indicates the revelation of His character. For example, in my opinion, His goodness is on display in the provision of food, water, shelter etc in creation.
Wjat’s the lesson here? One of them is that the Christian, like the Psalmist above, can use visual marvels like this not only to reflect on His awesome creative mind, but on His character as well. I am thankful that the God who made this incredible phenomenon is the same God to whom I trust my salvation. The fulfillment of His promise to me, through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, is as sure as the enduring order of the universe.
That’s something worth jaw-dropping, too.