Many people are fascinated by space. Star Trec, Star Wars and other outer space adventures are hugely popular. We have been to the moon. We are determined to get to Mars in the next decade. There is something in us that must explore, reach out to find what is yet unknown. This is something God has put into us. Acts chapter 17 speaks of God’s creative work among all nations, and in verse 27 says, ‘God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” The desire to seek, to search out, is very real. I just think we have misdirected it. We spend billions to get to the moon and Mars, but haven’t learned how to live together on earth. Getting to Mars will not bring us any closer to learning who our God truly is. Searching outer space will still leave many on earth with empty hearts and broken lives. Jesus spoke of the desire of seeking after many material goals, but then said, “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”(Matthew 6:33) Maybe that is where our true exploration should start.
The sky is beautiful this morning. The sun is coming up in the east and lighting the clouds with a silver white light. The pale blue beyond the clouds holds an infinite depth of space with its many wonders. The Psalmist observed this millennia ago and wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.”(19:1-2) The heavens have always held a deep interest for man, and until a few centuries ago, always helped us understand something of the glory of God as our creator. But in our effort to “demythologize” God’s truth, we’ve substituted the wisdom of man, unfortunately in many ways much inferior to that of the ancients. As you have the opportunity gaze into the heavens, beyond all of the space junk we have circling the earth, and meditate on the wonder of our Lord of all creation. It is this Lord who was willing to come and occupy our small spec of space debris called earth along with us. The God who created all that exists, is the same God who loves you and has given Himself for your life.