Devotional Readings

Energized by Space

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. Psalms 8:3-5, NKJV.

I’m energized by thoughts of outer space. Our earth is one of nine planets in our solar system. Billions of solar systems, perhaps similar to ours, make up our galaxy, the Milky Way. And there are billions of galaxies! I wonder, Surely there are other planets, with other life forms.

Our closest star, Proxima Centauri, is about four light years away–right next door, relatively speaking. But four light years is the distance light travels in four years, at 186,000 miles per second! Even that near neighbor is a long, long distance from us.

Telescopes are being built that will be able to see objects that are 12 billion light-years away. Each group of pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope reveals marvelous new and unexpected treasures in space. The heavenly skies, which only a few years ago seemed so static and defined, are now indicating new mysteries and revisions of old ideas about the great universe. The stars and star clusters–their colors, their shapes–are so beautiful and so varied; the more we see the more breath-taking the heavens become!

God, why is there so much space? When You created the universe, what existed before? Are there other kinds of universes? Are there other planets such as Earth? If so, what would life be like there? Is Earth the only planet that needs a Savior? I ponder things such as:

  • The universe is unimaginably gigantic; our solar system and our earth are but tiny specs in Your eyes. What is man that You are mindful of him? Considering space, how insignificant we are. Yet, You walk and talk with us! You even number the hairs on our heads. This I cannot comprehend.
  • You have given us life, the ability to reason, and the ability to consciously consider context beyond our daily lives. You have crowned us with undeserved glory and honor. You have made us rulers of all other animals–just a little lower than the angels who live somewhere in the heavens with You.
  • In this massive universe, You sent Jesus to remind us that we are of far more value than sparrows, yet You care for them. You care what happens in our lives. You died for us. How valuable we are!

When you feel insignificant, look up into space and remember that the God of it all loves you!

–Forrest Bailey

from Fit Forever: One-A-Day Devotionals for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Kay Kuzma (editor) | Review & Herald (2005)
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