“God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights.” (Genesis 1:14-16)
The sun is 93,000,000 miles from the earth. If you boarded a jumbo jet today and traveled to the sun, your journey would take over twenty-one years! That’s nonstop too! Where were you twenty-one years ago? That’s a long time. Can you imagine flying that long without a moment’s break in order to reach the sun? For those who have a phobia with flying and would prefer to drive…well, it would take roughly two hundred years, not including occasionally stops for gas, food and personal relief. Yet light travels this distance in a mere eight minutes and twenty seconds![i] The sun is so large that, if it were hollow, it could contain more than one million worlds the size of our earth. To point it another way, if an orange represented the sun, earth would be a mere pen point on the orange.
The sun is a massive and powerful star. As stated, the sun is so large that, if it were hollow, it could contain more than one million worlds the size of our earth. However, consider further that there are stars in space so large that they could easily hold 500 million suns the size of ours. Has your perspective of the world just gotten bigger?
Why do we tend to lose perspective on how big God is?
How does this impact how we approach life?
How can you remind yourself how big God is? What difference would it make in your life if you carried around the proper perspective of God's bigness?
Teacher: “Which is more important to us—the moon or the sun?”
Johnny: “The moon.”
Johnny: “The moon gives us light at night when we need it.
The sun gives us light only in the daytime when we don’t need it.”
[i] John Bevere, The Fear of the Lord, Lake Mary, Florida: Creation House, 1997, 25.