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Tuesday, May 19

Devotional by Brian Chilton

The following is a recorded devotion from Westfield Baptist Church. Have you ever stopped at night and peered up at the stars? The universe is a fascinating and unbelievably large place. While we only have one star in our solar system, the sun, it is said that our Milky Way galaxy holds some 250 billion stars. Our nearest galaxy, the Andromeda Galaxy, is estimated to have over 1 trillion stars. Of the observable universe, scientists estimate that there are some 1 sextillion stars. That’s one with 21 zeroes behind it. Even more startling, only 4% of the universe is observable. How much more is beyond our observation is anyone’s guess. Psalm 147:4-5 states, “[God] counts the number of the stars; he gives names to all of them. Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite.” God knows every star by name! Carl Sagan once said that there are more stars in the heavens than grains of sand upon the earth. Yet God knows every star, every grain of sand, and every molecule in creation. At the same time, God is personal, knowing every moment that you will live, and every hair upon your head. God knows your every action, intention, thought, word, deed, things that are, things that have been, and things that will be. This God desires to be in relationship with you. What could be more marvelous? Truly Jesus was right when he said that “With God, all things are possible” (Matt. 19:26).

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