Set Blessings In The Heavens
“God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth…”–Genesis 1:17
All of Gods gifts have a purpose. The firmament protects us from the cold, airlessness of space. Our sun provides the light and warmth we need to survive. The moon controls the ocean tides and aids in the earth’s rotation. The stars are part of God’s cosmic timepiece, allowing us to mark hours, days, weeks, months, seasons, and years. In addition, mankind has used the sun and the stars to determine direction when traveling. In His omniscience, God set His blessings in place before we were to need them.
Once we get beyond the functionality of the blessings God gave us on the fourth day, we discover another gift. It is the gift of beauty. Seeing the sun rise over the Atlantic on my final day of vacation is one of my favorite moments. There is something so hopeful about the start of a new day. Sunsets are also an amazing part of the day. The colors are breathtaking, painting the evening sky with red, orange, and violet. It is almost as if God is saying, “I know you’ve had a rough day, so, here, this is for you.”
Although it is considered the lesser of the two great lights, the moon holds a beauty all its own. Whether hovering over the ocean, creating a yellow-white path from the horizon to the shore, or looking down on the mountaintops, illuminating the fog, it stirs something inside. It is the inspiration for songs, poetry, and paintings. It has always had a mysterious allure that fires the imagination.
The nighttime view from Death Valley, California—away from the encroaching light generated by man—is spectacular. The vast expanse of stars fill the sky from horizon to horizon, no matter which direction you look. When the sun surrenders the sky to the night, and the valleys of West Virginia grow dark, the heavens come alive with the twinkling of stars. For centuries, man has looked up into the night sky, wondering, imagining, and wishing upon the first star he sees.
Yet, even this beauty has a purpose. As we have compared those in our lives to the stars, our God to the sun, and His Word to the moon, the natural world reminds us of their beauty. We remember the beauty of a loving God who gave His only Son to save us from our sins. The beauty of His Word guides us along the straight and narrow path. We see the beauty in the hearts of those who encourage us, of our brothers and sisters in Christ who lift us up in prayer.
To see the beauty of the blessings God set in the heavens, all we have to do is look up. Even when our lives are at their darkest, His light remains beautiful.