“And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years, and let them be lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)
I really don’t know what signs the heavens may reveal about the goings on of mankind and of earthly phenomena. I don’t take hints very well. But it’s fascinating to talk about and to learn about and read and observe. We live in town, surrounded by streetlights and trees and houses. We don’t get to be outside under the night sky, taking in all the stars very often. This weekend, we were able to sit out on the balcony at the lodge and look up for awhile. We talked about the lonely echo of the train whistle, wondering about the sound of the last trump. The train wheels clacking across the tracks sounding like perfectly timed hoof beats in slow motion. We talked about the coming comet in November and the lunar tetrad in 2014. Theories abound and I’m not so sure some of them are far off. I imagine every generation before ours wondering and pondering similar questions. Are we not closer now than ever? Should there be signs vertically and not just horizontally of the closeness of end times events?
I looked up info about the stars on the answersingenesis.org page:
“… the testimony of the heavens is a silent, non-verbal, witness. In contrast, the Bible gives us the very words of God, dynamically transforming words. Non-verbal communication can convey information, but it lacks precision and specificity, and thus it is very easily misunderstood.”
This was actually a very physical answer to a metaphysical question that was running around in my head today. If we start talking about stars and signs and seasons, how do we turn a conversation from the non-verbal to the verbal, from that which lacks precision, to specific, dynamically transforming words? We go to God’s word. God’s word is a verbal witness. God’s word is a written witness. God’s word is alive. Outside of God’s word, we can go far astray.
This week I will begin another study of God’s word. It’s been awhile since I have, but it’s long overdue. I read a quote on pinterest that said something like “If the devil can’t make you disobey, he’ll make you busy”. Well, I think I do a good job of that on my own, but prayer and bible study are excellent starts to a seemingly busy day. The Lord works it all out when we let Him.
Have a starry night my friends. 🙂