Advent: December 6: Son of Laughter

Genesis 12-21

When we go outside and look up at the night sky, we truly can appreciate the vastness of the universe. Scientists estimate that there are over 100 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, and, currently, we can identify around 50 billion galaxies with similar numbers of stars.

The more we learn about these galaxies throughout the universe, the more awe-inspiring our Creator is. But where do we fit in to all of this? Science has, in fact, proven that our little blue planet is not the center of our universe or even our galaxy.

The psalmist wondered the same thing in Psalm 8:3-4: When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

Even though we are not at the center of the universe, it is evident that the Gospel was planned before the Creation of the universe. This means that we, his prize Creation, are at the center of His heart. When we stand back and think about How God sacrificed His one and only son for us, His grace becomes even more amazing. We can see His love for us and our significance in God’s story.

SEE GOD AROUND YOU

Go outside after dark and look up into the sky. How many stars can you count? Search the internet for what planets should be visible on December 6 in your region throughout the night. Are you able to identify any planets?

Write down what you see in the sky and mark your calendar to check the sky again in 3 months. Compare and contrast what you found.

APPLICATION

God said: “Abraham, how many stars are there?” Unable to answer this question, God replied: “I will give you such a big family you will not be able to count them either” (paraphrased).

Imagine what it would have been like before city lights to hear the kind of Promise that Abraham received from God.

Thank God for loving you, for sending His son, Jesus, for you, and for His amazing Grace. It truly is amazing.

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