Scientists throughout the years have studied outer space immensely and still have many unanswered questions. They study the stars, moon, galaxies, black holes, and whatever else is found in the quiet, dark realm of space. As Christians, we look at the night sky and observe the moon and stars and think of how awesome a God we have. We see that there is no way that a big bang could have created such a scene, but only an Almighty God could have. Outer space is not really thought about very much by a person, but once one does think about it, his mind cannot comprehend the vastness of it. The region of space is truly an amazing part of God’s perfect creation.

Space is such a huge part of God’s creation, but it doesn’t get much recognition. When one talks about creation, how often do we think about the mountains, trees, flowers, and animals? One does not think much about outer space, even though it is so large. Just for a quick example of how big space is, the sun can fit 1,300,000 planet earths inside of it (Cool Cosmos). This is only the size of the sun!

There are also stars in outer space besides the sun called megastars. The closest megastar to Earth is called Pollux, which is 8.8 times larger than our sun. Next in line is Arcturus, which is 25.7 times the size of the sun. Another one of the known megastars is Antares. Antares is 883 times bigger than the sun! And the last star that man has studied is VY Canis Majoris, which is a whopping 1,420 times bigger than the sun. Now, if this does not make us feel small and insignificant, I am not sure what will. Our God has created such a vast universe that our brains cannot fathom the greatness of it (Daily Mail).

God has the power to create an awesome universe, but he also has the ability to destroy it. Not only are there many billions of stars in space, but there are also things like meteors and black holes that can destroy the earth we live on in an instant. Black holes are extremely destructive. The gravitational force of black holes is so great that not even light can escape its grasp. Once an object gets sucked into a black hole, it is gone forever.  Along with black holes are meteors that float around in outer space. Although earth is at a very slight risk of being struck by a meteor, God could still direct one at any moment to hit the earth and destroy it. He has the power to do whatever he pleases with his universe and because of that, we stand in awe and fear of Him.

Yet outer space is not just a place of doom and destruction. Personally, I love to gaze at the night sky and look at the moon and stars. The night sky is one of my favorite things about God’s creation because it is so beautiful. The stars are bright with beauty and shine with God’s glory. Along with the moon and stars are galaxies. The colors they create are magnificent; obvious proof of a creator. To God and God alone be the glory for the universe we live in.

I think that many of us need to broaden our horizons more on what we think creation is. Yes, we all know and understand that the creation is the whole universe that God has created, but how often do we tend to forget about outer space and its significance? Outer space is a mystery to us all because it is so big that we cannot process it, but that does not mean we cannot study it and gain more knowledge about it. Look at the megastars and how giant they are, the thousands of beautiful galaxies, and who knows what other undiscovered things there are in outer space. We are so insignificant compared to outer space, and this really puts into perspective how great a God we have. God deserves all the praise for this creation, not a big bang or evolution. Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.”

The Christian is placed in many different circumstances while on this earth. Some are characterized by hardships and trials, and others are full of joy and peace. How should the Christian respond? Throughout the Bible there are numerous times where God’s people sang in response to their various circumstances. Singing in response to God’s ordering […]

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The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon to his young adult son. Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs was “that the generation to come might know them [God’s wonderful works]…that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Ps. 78:6–7). Throughout the book, Solomon […]

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The group of churches that John writes to in this trio of epistles had recently experienced a split because of doctrinal controversy. We do not know the exact content of the error that these false teachers were spreading, but it is apparent from John’s writing that their teaching somehow denied the truth of the incarnation—that […]

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Jael: An Example of Christian Warfare

This article was originally presented as a speech at a Protestant Reformed mini convention held at Quaker Haven Camp in August 2021. Jael lived during the era of the judges. Deborah the prophetess was the judge who served Israel at the time of Jael. During this time, the Canaanites under the rule of king Jabin […]

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Indiana Mini Convention Review 2021

One of this year’s “mini conventions” was hosted by Grace and Grandville Protestant Reformed Churches at Quaker Haven Camp. Located just over two hours away in northern Indiana, the camp was a perfect fit for the 120 kids and 15 chaperones who attended. A total of twelve different churches were represented: Byron Center, Faith, First […]

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Editorial, November 2021: Catechism Season

At the point that this edition of Beacon Lights arrives in the homes of our subscribers, most young people in the Protestant Reformed Churches will have been sitting under the catechism instruction of their pastor or elders for more than a month. If our readers are honest, that observation probably comes with a (quiet) sigh […]

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Tennessee Young People’s Retreat 2021

The 2021 Tennessee young people’s retreat was held August 9 to 13 by Providence, Hudsonville, Unity, and First (Holland) Protestant Reformed Churches. The retreat took place at Eagle Rock Retreat Center in the city of Tallassee. It was about an eleven-hour drive, give or take a bit due to stops for food and restrooms. Though […]

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