Building Faith Through His Creation

For
almost a year I have been privileged to teach two of my grandchildren
astronomy.  It has been a most fascinating and amazing faith building
opportunity.

 

My daughter knew that
I had never even taken a class on the topic, but she still trusted me to teach
her children astronomy.  What little I knew I gleaned from Darryl during
our camping trips and other outdoor activities.  I must admit I was a bit
intimidated when we began.

 

I have learned some
amazing facts about our creation.  The Bible explains how we are fearfully
and wonderfully made and how God has a plan for our lives, but this study makes
it clear that God wonderfully created us not only earth perfect for our
habitation, but the universe as well. 

 

 We were reminded
that Earth is the proper distance from the sun to keep us from being too hot or
too cold.  I learned that the rest of the planets are not there for
decorations, but they actually help hold our planet earth in the most optimum
place.  (I honestly had never thought about why He needed to make a
Jupiter or Mercury!)    The sun, by gravity helps fasten the earth in
its place, but the other planets are needed to help keep us from wobbling around.
Only such a superior Being has the wisdom, power and ability to form such
a plan, and execute it so well.  That is our God!

 

Romans 1:20 For
ever since the world was created; people have seen the earth and sky.
Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible
qualities--his eternal power and divine nature. 
Part of the purpose of
creation is to show us His splendor and beauty.  Opening our eyes and
really looking up and thinking about the heavens and the earth causes us to
think bigger dreams.  

 

 

Job, which is
considered the oldest book in the Bible tells us in chapter 9 verse 9,  He
is the Maker of the bear (Ursa Major) and Orion, the Pleiades and the
constellations of the south.   
Later in chapter 38:31-32 he asks can you bind the beautiful
Pleiades?  Can you loose the cords of Orion?  can you bring for the
constellations in their seasons?  
I can't answer Job's questions, can
you?  But our God can.

Besides the sun, moon
and stars bring light to our world, helping us tell time, figure out the
seasons from the constellation positions, track our calendar, direct sailors on
their paths, they are just fun and inspiring to see!   I know this is very
basic science, but sometimes we also forget the basics.  Teaching this
class reminded me that I have a creator who is much wiser and more powerful
than I am.  

 

The immense size of
the universe is mind boggling.  

There is a star not
too far away from us called Betelguese.  It is one of the stars in
constellation Orion.  It is so big, that if it were to be in the middle of
our solar system it would take up all the room from the sun to Jupiter!
(Jupiter is the fifth planet from the sun--about 480 million miles!)  Yes,
our God made that little star!  My two students and I sat and marveled at
that fact.  

 

So how big is your
God?  Has He gotten any bigger just contemplating some of these facts?

While I felt humbled
and small in comparison to the size of the universe, I also felt incredibly
loved.  It was amazing.  The knowledge force behind this immense yet
balanced universe knows me.  As He knows the planets by name, so He knows
my name.  As He counts the stars and names them--he counts the hair on my
head.  It is almost unfathomable, but when I choose to believe it, I must
use faith.  As He becomes bigger, His love becomes more amazing!

 

I will never read the
reference to the stars, heavens and constellations in the Bible the same.
The heavens declare the glory of God .  The skies display
his craftsmanship

Day after day they
continue to speak; night after night they make him known.  They speak
without sound or word; their voice is never heard.  Yet their message ha
gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.  God has made
a home in the heavens for the sun.  It bursts for like a radiant
bridegroom after his wedding.  It rejoices like a great athlete eager to
run the ace.  The sun rises at one end of the heavens, and follows its
course to the other end.  Nothing can hide from its heat.  Psalm
19:1-6

 Take time to
look up at the night sky and remember your Creator, it will help you release
your faith for your situations here on earth!