According to a study by Australian astronomers in 2003, there are 70 sextillion stars in the universe. To get a better idea, that is the number 7 followed by 22 zeros – 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
It is also about 10 times as many stars as grains of sand on all the world’s beaches and deserts.
That is a lot of stars.
Using two of the world’s most powerful telescopes, these Australian astronomers made the words of Psalm 147:4 even more powerful…
“HE DETERMINES THE NUMBER OF STARS AND CALLS THEM EACH BY NAME.“
I want you to try to wrap your mind around this. 70 sextillion stars are in our universe. God was the architect for every one of them. Not only did he determine each and every one of the 70 sextillion stars, he knows them each by name. Where we see the Big Dipper, God sees Ralph, Jennifer, Dennis, Alvin, Lisa, Michelle, and Sam. Next time you look up into a clear, star-filled sky, remember this verse and be floored by God’s personal touch and investment with his creation.
Which leads to my next question…
If God cares so much about all 70 sextillion stars, how much more does he care about you and me?
Those are just stars – big exploding balls of gas, mostly hydrogen and helium. Humans (that includes you and me) are the only things on this planet that are made in the image of God.
Let me encourage you today and remind you that God loves you. You were uniquely and wonderfully made. He knit you together in your mother’s womb. He knows each and every one of you by name. You are precious in the eyes of God and he cares way more about you than the stars in the sky.
Rest in those facts today…