Every time I look up into a moonlit, starlit sky, I am absolutely awestruck at the wonder of it all. There it hangs, the glowing moon, suspended before an ebony backdrop splattered with millions of shimmering golden stars. Catching my breath, I wonder at the God who hung each of them in place. Were man to attempt to put one solitary star in space, I imagine the best astronomists and scientists would gather together, pooling their knowledge and discussing the best type of pyrotechnics with which to create it. It would need a name . . . Launching the star would need to be placed in the hands of NASA. Funding would take a considerable amount of time, making its way through the appropriate government agencies for approval. Then, following a test mission, there would be the actual launch. The news media would gather to report the success of the historic event . . . or it’s failure.
But God . . . He just spoke it all into being. Not just a star, but galaxies! The moon. The sun. The planets. All strategically and perfectly placed within the universe. Note that God’s creation was not formed from anything previously in existence. It was “created.” “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3) Doesn’t that, at the very least, give you goosebumps? It does me!
Amazing as that is, ELOHIM, the name of God that means “Creator, Mighty and Strong,” is also EL ROI, “the God of Seeing.” He is a personal God. King David understood the personal nature of God. “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. . . all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:1-6, 16)
EL ROI, The God who sees, says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) He encourages us to “Be still, and know that I am God:” (Psalm 46:10)
Yes, the One who hung the moon and stars in space, urges us to “cease striving” over the things that weigh on our hearts, and instead, to remember who He is. The Creator, Mighty and Strong, who knit each of us together in our mother’s womb, sees our struggle and and still holds our heart in His hands.
Amazing, isn’t it? That’s the view from here . . .