I was thinking about stars last night and how the star of Bethlehem shone so brightly in the night sky that it led people to where Jesus had been born. (Matthew 2:9) God often uses this analogy when speaking to me about being who we are and not allowing our light to be dimmed or snuffed out by other people, circumstances, or the disappointments we can face in life.
He wants us to be like stars just like the star of Bethlehem and point people to him in all we are and do because when our lives are connected to Him we are an expression of his love. He refers in particular to one of our daughters that way to me, perhaps because she is a performer and sparkles whenever on a stage, reminding me of a sparkly star.
The thing about stars is that they are positioned in their unique place in the heavens, and aligned exactly where they should be night after night. Just look up at the night sky and every time you will see the constellations; the southern Cross, the North star, and all the myriad of stars in the Milky way. (Psalm 147:4; Psalm 19:1; Psalm 8:3)
Just as God says that He is the one who holds each of the stars in their place and knows them each by name, he also holds us in place and knows our name. Every hair upon our heads He is familiar with and not a word we speak or action we make he is not aware of. He cares about every part of our lives and promises that if we allow Him to we will always hold us in position just like the stars in the heavens and ensure we are where we need to be so that we can continue to shine brightly like we were created to.
He says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Today I want to encourage you to rest in the knowledge that God’s got you and every circumstance of your life in his hands. He cares about every situation in your life and knows the end from the beginning and everything in between.
If He can hold the stars, sun and moon in place and is in control of the entire universe, He can handle what you are feeling and facing today and has you covered. He will continue to perfect that which he has started until it is completed in you.
“For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together”. (Colossians 1:17)
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them[d] with glory and honour." (Psalm 8:3-5)
Prayer: Lord thank you that you position me and all that is around me in its rightful place and that everything is going to work out for good in my life. Please hold me together in your love today. In Jesus name Amen.