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Have You Become an Amateur Astronomer?

Amateur Astronomer

The great poet David once looked to the night skies and poured out his heart in praise to God: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2).

Notice all the ways that creation is communicating: The heavens are declaring, the sky is proclaiming, the day is speaking, the night is revealing. And then notice the content of this communication: The heavens are declaring God’s glory, the skies are proclaiming the fact that they were created by him, the day and night are revealing the knowledge of his existence.

It’s for this reason that Sam Storms once said that each human being is under a mandate to become an amateur astronomer. Every Christian is to look to the heavens to see what God has created and to learn the lessons he means for us to learn from them. And just as we must look up to the skies, we must also look down to the microscopic world, out to all the plants and animals, and even inward to the human body and soul. In all of it, we see God’s handiwork. If we have ears to hear and eyes to see, we will learn beyond any dispute that God is communicating. He is communicating that he exists and that he is supremely powerful—that he is worthy of our honor and worship.


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