The God Who Calls Each Star by Name!

Have you ever just stopped to imagine for a while just how "big and powerful" our God is? Psalms 147:4-5 say, "He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite." For man, the number of the stars is absolutely beyond our capability. With the Hubble telescope, we saw deeper into space bringing within counting range a new number of stars, but in the distance became visible an a innumerable faint blur of ever distant stars! Now every one of those stars God has not only counted, but he is so familiar with them, he has a "pet name" for each! Should this surprise us? After all He created each and every one of them! Which is harder? Counting or creating them? Yes, "His understanding IS INFINITE!"

Man is very insignificant in relation to God. Look how God compares man in Isa 40:12 "Who (God) has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand". When we dip our hand into the ocean, we pick up a few tablespoons of water. God by contrast, can hold all the water in all the oceans in the cup of His hand. "God marked off the heavens by the span" A span is the distance between the thumb and the pinkie. The farthest reaches of the infinite universe is measurable by the span of God's hand. "God calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales". While even today with the most powerful earth-moving equipment and cranes, man can move a few hundred tones of rock, God knows the precise weight of the entire planet earth! "Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; behold" All the population of the earth are just one drop added to a bucket of water or the dust on the scale that weighs your produce at the grocery store. The picture that emerges here, is that our God is infinitely more powerful, wise and knowledgeable than even the sum of mankind. Jesus talked about how the "very number of hairs on each of our heads is numbered" Mt 10:30. This fact obviously impressed Jesus' listeners yet it was a dramatic understatement to the actual depth to which God knows all things. I have no doubt, that God has a constant knowledge of every atomic particle in the universe. Jehovah is infinite in His knowledge. He knows all that there is to know!

Understanding this about the nature of our God has some important implications. It should be obvious that if God has names for each of the stars, that He knows US personally through and though. Wherever we go, God is there. Whatever we do, God see it. While some have the idea that they can escape being seen by God or that God is so uninterested with man that there are times when God is blissfully indifferent to man. Elihah the prophet challenged the priests of the idol God "Baal" to set up an alter and have Baal, the god, send fire from heaven to consume the offering. Elijah said, 1 Kings 18:26 "'Call on the name of your god, but put no fire under it.' Then they took the ox which was given them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from morning until noon saying, 'O Baal, answer us.' But there was no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar which they made. And it came about at noon, that Elijah mocked them and said, 'Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and needs to be awakened.' So they cried with a loud voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords and lances until the blood gushed out on them." For these priests, they felt that to get their god's attention they had to cut themselves with knives! But not so with Jehovah God! Elijah went on to say, "Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this people may know that Thou, O Lord, art God, and that Thou hast turned their heart back again." Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, "Jehovah, He is God; Jehovah, He is God." Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape." So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

What a fantastic contrast between the false gods and the true God of the Bible. He hears us when we call out to Him. Nothing escapes His notice. He is watching over us all through the night when we sleep. He is very concerned about us and loves us all dearly. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.

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