Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Counting the stars

God's fascination with the stars fascinates me.

He promised Abraham more offspring than stars in the sky.

So how many stars are in the sky?

I did a little research and discovered that nobody knows. Estimates range from 200 billion stars in our galaxy to 3 thousand million billion stars (3 followed by 16 zeroes), in the universe. NASA alleges there are zillions of uncountable stars.

Astronomers estimate there are about 100 thousand million stars in the Milky Way alone. Outside that, there are millions upon millions of other galaxies also!

That takes my breath away.

But look at how God views the stars: "He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name." (Psalms 147:4)

That's pretty awesome to consider. And then add in this idea: how many people have lived? More than the stars?

If God knows every star by name, he knows my name. And yours.

We are known by the One who can count the stars.

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