Stars in the News

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Stars have been in the news this week, but not the Hollywood kind.  The release of the trailer for Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens generated over 17,000 tweets per minute for the first hour after its debut.  And, even though the movie is not due to be released until December 18, tickets are already on sale in many theaters.  Then the college coach of the undefeated Florida Gators, Jim McElwain, praised the stars by attributing his recent offense success to examining the constellations in the night sky.

Fall is the perfect time of year to gaze at the stars.  In Psalm 19 we read that “The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims the work of His hands.  The psalmist David, who must have spent many nights outside shepherding his flock, reminds us that all of creation testifies to the existence of God.  Although the heavens contain awesome wonders, our attention should be upon the one who called all things into existence.  Therefore, our ultimate fascination and worship must be directed to the God of all creation.

Take a few minutes this evening to go outside and look up at the night sky.  Then remember that God not only knows the exact number of the stars but, He calls them into their places every night.  This same God also knows the number of hairs on our head and sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins.  So, while you are outside, listen carefully as the heavens cry out “God exists and He loves you.