God, the Universe, and You!

Scientist say they have a newly discovered planet in a young star system located 100 light-years away could give astronomers an idea what Jupiter looked like early in its development.

They are claiming the planet, 51 Eridani b, is relatively young — only 20 million years old and that it formed “40 million years after the dinosaurs died out.”

It’s the first planet to be discovered by the Gemini Planet Imager, located in the 26-foot Gemini South Telescope in Chile.

What I like is the term “newly discovered”! If there is a planet out in the expanse of space then the Creator already knows about it – after all, He put it there!

I can understand the interest in the vastness of space beyond our planet. I am fascinated by the stars and planets. I just view if differently than a lot of scientists.
I look up and I see God’s handiwork. I ponder the questions asked of Job.

“Can you direct the movement of the stars—binding the cluster of the Pleiades
or loosening the cords of Orion? Can you direct the sequence of the seasons or guide the Bear with her cubs across the heavens? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth? Job 38:31-33

I look up at night, perhaps through my own telescope, and I see stars beyond stars. I am reminded of the promise given to Abraham.

“Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Gen 15:5

The universe reminds us of how small we are in the creation of all things. As David said,

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. Ps 8:3-5

With the entire universe laid as His feet God still took time to send His Son to die for us.

Tonight when the sun goes down go outside and look up. See the Big Dipper and the North Star. Look at the constellations. See the planets that circle the sun with you.
See all these things and know that there is a God and that He does care for you.

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