“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.
Not long ago, I read about some stunning recent findings in the field of astronomy. Their estimates, as of this time, is that the universe contains nearly 2 trillion galaxies and that each of those galaxies contain somewhere around 100 million stars. If you are anything like me, numbers that large cease to compute in your mind and the mere thought of that many stars existing somewhere out there is hard to get your mind around. The staggering reality of the physical universe is that it is incomprehensibly big and breathtakingly beautiful.
And yet in the midst of a universe this large and complex, God tells us in Isaiah 40 that he created each star, has named them and holds them all together with his great power and strength. I think about this fact often when I am facing a challenge I see as so complex and difficult that nothing can solve it. If God can hold trillions of galaxies together in the palm of his hand, why do I think that my life is too much for him? Why do I not trust that the one who spoke the universe into existence could not speak new life, hope and freedom into my family, our church, our nation and our world? The night sky and the starry hosts are a constant comfort to me that nothing in my life is too much for the sovereign God of the universe to handle.
Look up to the sky tonight and remember, the same God who created and sustains those stars created and sustains you.