Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake ponders the greatness of God’s universe in Part I of our series on God and His creation.
“The heavens declare the Glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.” – Psalm 19:1
Whenever you look out into the sky, even on the clearest night, you see only a small part of God’s universe. The nearest heavenly body to us is the moon, and the moon is approximately 245,000 miles away. The sun, which is a star, is 93 million miles away from us, a gigantic celestial body with a circumference of three million miles around. And there are stars in the universe that are 1,000 times as large as our sun.
Distances in the universe are so great, a basic unit of measurement is a light year – the distance that light can travel in one year – and that distance would be six trillion miles.
Our galaxy, called, “The Milky Way,” is more than 100,000 light years in diameter. Two million light years beyond that, you will arrive at another galaxy system.
Limits of the universe have never been discovered. But as large as it is, the God that we serve is bigger. The heavens declare the glory of God because the vastness of the heavens declares the vastness of our God. God is everywhere present and as mighty as all of those combined wonders are, our God has more power than what He has created…our God is a mighty God!
When you come against something that is too much for you, too powerful for you, too overwhelming for you, when you think you’re not going to be able to deal with it, even with God’s help, I just want you to remember: God has made an infinite number of stars and suns that are bigger than our sun. They’re still burning, still shining…and if God can do that, then God can do whatever you need Him to do.
Adapted from the sermon titled, “A Message from the Stars,” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. Come back to Westa.org for Part II of Bishop Blake’s Amazing Facts About the Greatness of God.
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IMAGES – Featured photo: Seyfert galaxy NGC 6814. ESA/Hubble; acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt. Sun video /Gyrating active region: both courtesy NASA.gov.