Since ancient times man has been awestruck as his eyes turned heavenward and gazed at the night sky. Most anyone who looks up on a crystal clear night is in awe at the innumerable stars and the many shapes they form. What is even more amazing is that we now know that what seems to be singular points of light are in fact galaxies made up of billions of stars and planets. They truly are a wonder to behold.
Are the stars merely a haphazard occurrence? If that is true then it would mean the constellations and the story they portray is really nothing more than fiction. However, in the Scriptures God tells us that He set the lights of the night in place to “serve as signs to mark seasons, days and years” (Gen 1:14). He further tells us that they declare His glory, and they also speak, reveal knowledge, and their voice goes out to all the earth” (Ps 19:1-4). There are numerous times when God’s prophets spoke of things that the heavens would reveal. In Joel 2 we are told that there will be “wonders in heaven above and signs on the earth beneath” before the coming of the Day of the Lord. Jesus also foretold that there would be “signs in the sun, moon, and stars” that would occur before the end times (Luke 21:25; Matt 24:29).
The problem for most of us is that they speak a language that few understand. Nevertheless, the next time you look up at that beautiful night sky, know that they are talking and as they move across the sky, God’s plans and purposes are moving forward too.