“THE STARS ALSO.” Just three words but, to paraphrase Winston Churchill on another occasion, never was so much described by so few words. (Genesis 1:16). The statistics of the known universe are mind-boggling, and the numbers change constantly as scientists probe deeper and deeper into it.
It is estimated that there are about 200 billion stars etc. in our Milky Way galaxy. And it is estimated that there are another 100 billion galaxies each filled with billions of stars. If a computer could be devised to count them all at the rate of 10 million per second, it would take 63 million years to count them all.
Not only did God make them all, and enumerate them, but He knows each of them by name. “He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them by their names” (Psalm 147:4). Jesus, our Saviour, was essentially involved in their production. In Proverbs 8:27 it is said of Him, “When He prepared the heavens, I was there.” John adds, “All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).
Beside the enormity of the Universe our earth is but a speck of dust in the ocean of space. And we are but specks of dust on that speck of dust. God likens us to “grasshoppers” (Isaiah 40:22) so there is not much room for human pride! Yet, amazingly, God loves us and has redeemed us through the sacrifice of His Son. Well did John Newton sing of God’s “amazing grace.”