August 02 Day 216
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“He telleth the the numbers of the stars; He calleth the stars by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite” – Psalm 147:4,5
A God That Knows His Creation
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Astronomer’s today tell us that there may be more than 200 billion universes. That is quite a staggering number isn’t it? If you were to count to 100 for each minute, of each hour, of each day, for 19 years, you will have counted to just 1 billion.
There is a star, actually a “super giant” star, called Antares that is the 15th brightest star in the night sky and the brightest star in the constellation Scorpio. It is often referred to as “the heart of the scorpion”. Think about this, Antares is 390 times the size of the sun. That is 1.25 million times the size of our Earth. If you were to take a hollow rubber ball and let it represent Antares, and then slice this rubber ball in half, you could put inside it: Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the Earth. All could fit inside Antares and they could continue their orbits around the sun, which you could also put inside the rubber ball. As these planets would continue in their orbits around the sun, they would never touch the inside of the rubber ball. Antares is just one star in one universe among more than 200 billion universes and the Bible tells us that God calls by name.
There are some stars that are 2000 times the size of the sun in our universe. The stars are innumerable to count, each one unique, each one with a divine purpose, just like you are in His sight. We can never reach the stars in our lifetime, but perhaps in our Eternal glorified bodies, we shall have endless time to explore the infinite heavens.
We should seek to heed the advice of Amos 5:8, “Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the faces of the earth: The Lord is His Name.”
An interesting verse about Eternity is found in Daniel 12:3 which tells us, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” What an amazing description of a person who turns sinners to righteousness in this life. They will shine as the stars forever and ever.
Words to Think About…
<>–HOW BIG IS YOUR GOD?–<>
“A God that is well defined, is not a very Big God.” – French proverb
“If your vision doesn’t scare you, then both your vision and your God are too small.” – Brother Andrew (1928-) Christian Missionary to Foreign Countries
“People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars…. and they pass by themselves without wondering.” – St. Augustine (354-430) early Christian theologian and philosopher
<>–A 100 YEARS FROM NOW–<>
A Hundred Years from Now What Will Matter Then?
It will not make any difference friend,
a hundred years from now,
if you live in a stately mansion
or a floating river scow;
If the clothes you wear are tailor made,
or put together somehow,
if you eat big steaks, or beans and cakes
a hundred years from now,
It won’t matter your bank account,
or what make of car you drive,
for the grave will claim all your riches and fame,
and the things for which you strive,
There’s a deadline we all must meet,
and no one will show up late,
it won’t matter all the places you’ve been,
each one will keep that date,
We will only have in eternity
what we give away on earth,
when we go to the grave
we can only save the things of eternal worth,
What matters friend the earthly gain,
for which some men will bow,
for your destiny will be sealed you see,
a hundred years from now.