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By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. (Ps. 33:6)

Expanded Passage: Psalm 33:1–11

Have you ever been outside on a clear night and been amazed at the night sky? Scientists estimate that on the clearest night, the naked eye can see between 2,500 and 5,000 stars. Scientists also estimate that there are a hundred thousand million stars in our galaxy. The average distance between each star is guessed to be around five light years, which is about 29.4 trillion miles. Because of the vastness of the universe, astronomy is a science that only has partial answers.

The psalmist was marveling at God’s glory, and used the illustration of God’s breath making the stars. While I struggle to paint the perfect picture, God used his effortless breath to create something so massive that no amount of science has been able to fully study it. But why is that worth mentioning? It matters because it reminds the reader that, if God is strong enough to create the stars with a simple exhale, he is strong enough to take care of us.

The next time you look up at night, do not simply marvel at the greatness of the stars. Remind yourself that God spent more time developing you than he did creating all the stars you can see. Remember that he is “faithful in all he does” (Ps. 33:4), and he can be trusted to take care of you.

Thank God that his breath made both you and the stars.

Carla Working is an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church. She serves as the Crossroads District’s chief operations officer (Indiana) and co-pastors with her husband.

© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.