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Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. --- Isaiah 40:26

The sky above us is a fascinating body. If we take the time to just look up and gaze upon it, we will see some very amazing changes taking place. The sky goes through many changes during a day or evening. Look up now, the sky is clear. In a few moments clouds will appear. Not just clouds, but various types of clouds. Look away, then up again, and the cloud formations have changed again or even may have disappeared.

I live in the city where it is almost impossible to capture an amazing sunrise or sunset. Occasionally, as I am driving I see God’s paint brush begin to paint a beautiful sunset. I may try to change my course, attempting to get to the river or other wide open space to get a picture of that masterpiece. Alas, by the time I arrive, the glow of the sun has completely disappeared from the sky. So, the sky goes through constant changes.

Think about what God has placed in the heavens. The sky, the sun, the moon, the stars, the planets. While the clouds may come and go, the rest of the elements remain the same.

Can you just imagine in the beginning, as God was creating the heavens, how He would uniquely create each individual part? When Isaiah says He brings out the starry host, each star, one by one, and naming each one as He creates it. Think of it. God knows each star He created by name. He knows each one intimately.

Unlike the sky, with the ever changing clouds and disappearing sunrises and sunset, the stars which He named one by one never change. They are constantly there. Constellations are always where they should be. This should not surprise us, because as Isaiah says, “Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

Just as God knows each of the stars by name, He knows each of us by name as well. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah saying that before He formed him in the womb He knew him. “Before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). Each star is set aside for a purpose. Jeremiah and the other prophets were set apart for a specific purpose, as were the apostles. In the same manner, we, as followers of Jesus Christ, have been known by God before we were formed in our mothers’ wombs, named by God, and set apart for a particular purpose. And again, because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of us is missing from His memory.

Gary K Fair

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