…while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy…
Job 38: 4-7 (NIVUK)
4 ‘Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone –
7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
This week we are invited to look up with our theme: 'Skies wide open to let in Christmas'. If we do that on a clear dark night and seeing the multitude of stars in space, our minds begin to race. We naturally marvel at the astonishing wonder and beauty of what is on show. We might find ourselves asking questions about the sight before us — just how many stars are there? What brought them into being? Who am I amid the vastness of space?
Now there are some tentative answers, for example, astronomers estimate there to be about 100 billion stars just in our galaxy (the Milky Way) and since there is an estimated 10 trillion galaxies in the known universe the final number is huge! Yet that is only part of the measurement of space because many of those stars and galaxies are distant from us. Ready for more big numbers? Some stars we know are about 13.8 billion light years away (the time it takes their light to reach earth).
Yes, I know it really is mindboggling.
Want to know something even more amazing? The maker of it all cares about us each individually.
When the question is asked “Who marked off its dimensions?” Yes, it is an invitation to consider the greatness of God, to contemplate on the creative power which exists with God and to stand in awe of what exists around us.
Lord we are aghast as we look up and glimpse something of your creative energy.
But Lord we are astounded that among all the hosts of heaven you consider us.
Eternal God help us to see the value you have for us and help us respond with