His Handiwork

Modern astronomy allows the heavens to shout to us even louder about our great Creator.

Chris Hutchison on May 21, 2019

We studied Psalm 19 on Sunday, which told us that “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

We can see a lot of this glory-displaying handiwork just by looking up, but in recent years, tools like the Hubble Space Telescope have opened our eyes even wider to how vast this universe is—and how great is the God who made it all.

This video from the American Museum of Natural History shows the place of our own planet within the known universe, and will give you a sense of how big things really are out there:

After watching that video, it might be easy to forget just how large a single galaxy is. This next video will help fix that problem:

For some more perspective, think about this: after the Sun, the nearest star to earth is 4.3 light years away. Scientists have named it Proxima Centauri, and it’s quite close to us in the scope of the whole universe.

Now consider the world’s fastest aircraft, the Lockheed SR-71, which has a top speed of about 4042 km/hr. It flew from New York to Los Angeles in a single hour. It is literally faster than a speeding bullet.

If you were able to get an SR-71 and fly towards Proxima Centauri at top speed, it would take you about 267,176 years to get there.

And that’s just the closest star.

Now, for the icing on this astronomical cake, check this out:

Psalm 33:6 says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

Isaiah 40:26 tells us, “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.”

And finally, hear from Psalm 103:11: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him.”

This is our God! Let the heavens lead you in worship to Him today.

Note: most of the videos above refer to the age of the universe. The issue of starlight from distant galaxies is a potential problem for Christians who believe that creation happened thousands, not billions, of years ago. Interestingly, the issue of distant starlight is also a problem for those who hold to an old universe. This article from Creation Astronomy is worth the read if you’re interested in the science side of the discussion: https://www.creationastronomy.com/distant-starlight/
Chris Hutchison
Chris Hutchison is the lead pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Nipawin, SK. Have any feedback or questions about what you've read here? Send him an email at chris@ebcnipawin.ca

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