A couple of weeks ago, NASA released images from the James Webb telescope, the most high-tech telescope ever invented. The images caused a ruckus in the world of astronomy as the glittering infrared images gave insight into yet-unphotographed reaches of deep space.
An Instagram account focusing on science and history that I follow was marveling at the new pictures, which are objectively breathtaking. I was marveling right along—but the video I was watching on the account stopped me short when it said, “Can you believe that all of this beauty—all of these galaxies and stars, so far beyond what we can comprehend—all came about by chance?!”
That account didn’t give credit where credit is due.
The very first verse of the Bible tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Furthermore, Psalm 19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (verses 1-4). Finally, Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
There’s no denying it—the glory of God is written on our human hearts.
God created everything we see in this world simply with his power. Things didn’t show up randomly; we aren’t just happy accidents floating along on a random planet in random space. Everything in nature was perfectly planned. The earth silently screams the beauty of God’s craftsmanship, from the interactions of the tiniest atoms to the complexity of the human body, from the variety of animals to the night sky in its full array. God created the whole world to be both bigger and smaller than our brains can imagine. It’s essentially eternal in both directions, while we inhabit just a pinprick in both space and time.
How amazing it is, then, that God cares so much about you and me—the tiniest pinpricks on one fickle planet in one solar system in one galaxy, living in one brief span of time—that he sent his Son, Jesus, to live, suffer, die, and rise to take away our sins and give us heaven—all for free!
You are not a random clump of cells. You are so much more than a smidge of space dust. You are known, planned for, sought after, loved beyond measure, and in this flash of space and time for a purpose. And not only that—though we deserve hell for all our sins, through faith in Jesus we are guaranteed heaven when we die. Ephesians 1:7,8 gives this comfort: “In him [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” What a gift!
I urge you—give credit where credit is due. God made everything. He is the King of everything, from galaxies millions of miles away to little old you and me. I hope you get a chance to look at the stars on a clear night sometime soon and take comfort in the fact that the God who made all the beauty that we see in the James Webb pictures is the same God who loves you so much that he will take you home to enjoy the glory of heaven with him forever!