“Stars”

Have you ever had the opportunity to view the stars from a place of near total darkness with a  cloudless sky and almost total silence?  Our family recently found such a site and it was truly awesome to see the billions (trillions?) of stars in just our hemisphere.  It was so wonderful that God has allowed all peoples of the world to enjoy his creation (Gen 1:16) before it is forever destroyed by fire (2 Pe 3:10).

It is very sad but somewhat understandable that many people down through history have perverted this amazing sight by, “praising the creation rather than the Creator” (Rom 1:25).  Understandable because astrologers and their followers, “thank their lucky stars” and try to predict how stars can influence human affairs.  If there really are lucky stars, would the rest of them be unlucky or neutral?  This teaching has been around for a long time.  The exiled Jews of Jeremiah’s day worshipped the “queen of heaven” who was a Babylonian goddess named Ishtar (Jer 7:7-18) (Jer 44:17-18).

One wonders when the practice of calling people “stars” got started.  The best, brightest and most outstanding in our times are called stars in sports, entertainment and politics.  The term has also morphed into a verb as in, “Mary Smith will soon be starring in her new play.”

Long before telescopes, many ancient people viewed the stars and praised God for such beauty and majesty instead of exulting the stars to worship status.  Even the few that we can see in the middle of a metro area take me back to that marvelous night when I saw the great panorama of God.  It reminded me that Christians can, “Shine like stars in the Universe.” (Php 2:15)  “Those who are wise and whose name is found in the book (of life) (Rev 20:12) will shine like the brightness of the heavens…like the stars for ever and ever (Dan 12:3-4).

Finally, God had some “morning stars who sang together.” (Job 38:7)  Could these be the sounds some astronomers think they hear at times?

—Jim Bailey