For decades, we’ve searched the skies—looking for planets and stars inside and beyond our solar system. We’ve launched bold astronauts and multi-million dollar space crafts into orbit—and used high-tech equipment—to explore and map out outer space, our “final frontier”.
NASA built the amazing Kepler spacecraft, in an attempt to locate and identify extrasolar planets as they orbit stars by measuring regular, subtle dips in starlight. So far, it has discovered at least 21 planets and found evidence for hundreds more.
Recently, Kepler’s high-powered telescope revealed and confirmed the existence of an “unknown” planet orbiting two stars. That planet is roughly the size of Saturn with a radius of 36,184 miles.
Saturn is known for its spectacular ring system and 53 moons. As the 2nd largest planet in our solar system and the 6th planet from our sun—at a distance of about 886 million miles—it orbits our sun, a star.But the two stars orbiting the previously unknown planet—both smaller than our sun—light up outer space about 200 light-years from Earth—and as this planet orbits both stars, they also revolve around each other.
God flung every star into its socket. He hung every planet in its pocket. He spun every universe and galaxy into its docket.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew word for created is bara, which means “to make something radically new out of nothing”. That’s what God did. He caused the heavens and earth to suddenly appear—as his galactic masterpieces.
God powerfully shaped everything out of nothing. He spoke it into existence. Seven times, God said, “Let there be …” and it appeared instantly (Genesis 1).
God masterfully created everything—and he liked his handiwork. The Bible says, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in their vast array” (Genesis 1:31-2:1).
Awestruck by God and his amazing handiwork, David exclaimed: “The heavens declare the glory of God” … “O LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I consider 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 …” (Psalm 19:1; 8:1,3-4).
Friend, that’s why we humbly worship and exuberantly exalt God for who he is and what he has done. He’s our majestic Creator and awesome Savior!