Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Eternal Star Namer

Each holiday season I hear ads for a company that will name a star in your honor. They think this is a fantastic gift to give someone and it only costs $59.95.

Brothers and sisters, be aware that the stars are already named. Yes, each one. They do not and should never need anyone to name them; God has and will always name each star. Isaiah 40:26 says: “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

“Calls them each by name”? Yes. In Chile, the European Union has built a VLT. VLT means “Very Large Telescope”. I like that name; it’s quick, simple and completely to the point. The lens for the telescope is 27 feet across! There are three of them in series; a VERY LARGE TELESCOPE! The VLT has allowed astronomers to see out to the edge of the universe and what they see are “new” stars being born. The creator God, who is alone worthy of our praise, honor and respect, is still in the star making and star naming business and He doesn’t need our help or our $59.95! How does God make a star? God breathes and speaks the stars into existence. Psalm 33:6 says “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” That’s impressive. How can mere man comprehend this? Psalm 8:3-4 says, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the 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?”

The God of the ages, who loves, cares, redeems, restores, protects, saves, sustains and holds the future in His hands, has given His one and only Son for our salvation. I cannot comprehend any of this and yet God is mindful of us.

Isn’t God good? Do you want to know what’s beyond the stars? It is His Glory! What is His Glory? It is all of God’s beauty, honor, magnificence, praise and splendor. “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1.

Next holiday season, ignore the star naming ads. Remember this, God names the stars and His Glory extends beyond the stars. We name our children; what a privilege. But God alone names the stars.

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