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The Skies Proclaim His Handiwork 1: The Sun’s Light

The Skies Proclaim His Handiwork – Day 1- The Sun’s Light

The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises. (Ecclesiastes 1:5, ESV)

Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun. (Ecclesiastes 11:7, ESV)

I have a confession to make: I don’t enjoy the darkness when I’m alone. Many nights I recall waiting for the tiny curtain of light to shine over the horizon, chasing away the covering of darkness and, with it, my insecurities and fears. Darkness leaves us with questions while light gives us answers. What I feared was possible in the dark was quieted with the presence of light—how could I not love the light of the sun?

As a young child, I foolishly tried to stare at the sun. I would try to hold my eyes open while looking at its incredible brightness, only to find myself squinching up my eyes while tears poured from their corners. The light of the sun is impossible for our eyes to fully behold, and its strength is an amazing part of creation. The sun is powerful and is a beautiful and necessary gift from our Creator God. 

Let’s examine some awesome facts regarding the sun that point us to our Creator. The sun is actually a star at the center of our solar system. It is a hot ball of hydrogen and helium radiating energy necessary for life on planet Earth. Its great distance from earth, approximately 93 million miles away, is hard to fathom, but it is necessary to protect it from overheating. The sun is huge! Scientists have determined that about one million earths could fit inside the sun and the sun accounts for about 99.8% of the solar system’s mass. 

For any sunbathers—I love to sit in the sun even though I know it’s bad for my skin—that sun is hot! We feel its intensity on our skin and begin to sweat and burn, and we quickly seek relief. It’s no wonder, since the surface of the sun is around 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit and its core is around 27 million degrees Fahrenheit. 

Another interesting fact is that the sun’s gravity holds our solar system together. This is what causes everything to orbit around the sun. While the sun has no moons, it is orbited by 8 planets, 5 or more dwarf planets, tens of thousands of asteroids, and somewhere in the ballpark of 3 trillion comets and bodies of ice. That’s a staggering number of rotating objects!

The sun’s remarkable characteristics no doubt point to a Creator—One who knew the distance from earth and temperature required to sustain life; One who knew the earth’s need for its energy source; One who understood mankind’s need even for the positivity light brings us. 

Imagine an earth with no light at all. Apart from the obvious fact that it’s needed to sustain life, a world of darkness would be an awful place to be. While this is true in the physical realm, it’s also true in the spiritual realm. We are born into spiritual darkness—a separation from our only true Source of spiritual Light. Our souls are empty and void without Jesus, and yet we often live life unaware of why we feel oppressed by the darkness that inhabits our hearts. We often refuse to acknowledge our need for His Light and look for answers to our need in places that can never truly satisfy.

While we study heavenly light sources this week, it’s our desire that, if you do not know Jesus as your Light, you would come to see that you need Him. Spiritual darkness will lead to death and hell, banished forever from any light at all. But God is Light, and He longs to make you His child. When you accept Jesus as your Savior, He fills you with His Light which you then reflect to this dark world, offering hope to others. Our God would want none of us to remain in darkness—He paid a great price to offer us His Light. As His children, let us share His Light with others and truly be willing to portray a Light that changes lives for the better. 

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