Walk in obedience to all that the Lord has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33 (NIV)
God promised Abraham that his offspring will be as many as the stars in heaven (Genesis 22:17). As he walked under a clear sky one night he thought of God’s promise and started counting the twinkling stars. Then he counted them again, and again. He must have been confused, he had counted that one before?
Perhaps, many of us, like Abraham, failed several times in counting the stars. I could count the star apple fruits in my garden, but not the stars in heaven.
According to astronomers more or less nine thousand stars are visible to the naked eye, and those are the stars in our own Milky Way. When we watch the sky on a clear night, we can see a group of lights across the heavens where the stars seem so close together that they blend into a milky white glow, that’s our galaxy. With the invention of the Hubble telescope, astronomers found out that the Milky Way Galaxy alone is composed of an estimate of two hundred billion stars (Beyond Imagination p9).
When scientists focused the Hubble Telescope for twenty-three days on a dark part of the sky with no visible stars, they photographed vast galaxies estimated around “175 billion within the current view from the earth” (Beyond Imagination page 13). Imagine if we go to the beach, “there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand in all the beaches in the world” (Beyond Imagination p.13). Not only did Abraham see the stars, when God spoke to him in a dream, he also “saw the Earth restored to its Eden beauty to be given to him for an everlasting possession as the final and complete fulfillment of the promise” (PP page 126).
If we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we will receive the kingdom as promised to Abraham and become a celebrity star in heaven. The stars in the Universe will be open for us to explore.
Ely Lagajino graduated AB Social Science from Adventist University of the Philippines. He earned his way through high school and college as a working student. The stories and articles posted in scribe.ph are testaments of God’s leading in his life through serving and associating with various communities and individuals, Bible study, research, and careers that have spanned more than 5 decades. Ely and his wife Elmie who edits his articles, along with their five children who serve in the allied health and business professions, just love to share Jesus to the rest of the world, while waiting for His soon return.