Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? was an entertaining TV show for some. But smarter than a galaxy? I get strange questions like that when I prepare study outlines and poke around in websites like NASA’s.
I asked you, our readers, to pray for us as we prepare to teach Genesis in our upcoming Pastor Training Schools. That preparation inspired me just a bit. Christians often have problems because we fail to remember just how big our Father God is. The paragraphs below are taken from our study guide at the point of: and God created the heavens and the earth.
A typical galaxy contains billions of individual stars; our galaxy, the Milky Way, contains about 200 billion stars. It is shaped like a giant spiral, rotating in space. The ‘arms’ of the Milky Way reach out like a pinwheel. Our sun is just one star on one arm of the pinwheel. One full rotation of our galaxy would take about 250 million years. Our galaxy is only one of billions and billions. Other galaxies have different shapes. Some are spirals, spherical clusters, or flat ‘disks’ (like a pancake). The average distance between galaxies is about 20 million trillion miles. Our closest galaxy ‘neighbor’ is the Andromeda Galaxy, about 12 million trillion miles away.
If human eyes could see deep into just one patch of night sky about the size of our moon, they would see about a million galaxies. And God created everything from nothing, by the power of His Word, and He did it by Himself: “Surely My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand up together.” (Isaiah 48:13) He rules His creation and His creation pays attention to Him (for the most part).
But God is bigger and greater than everything He created: Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured the heavens with a span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance, and hills in a pair of scales? (Isaiah 40:12) God created all there is, and still there is infinitely more to Him than to His creation.
Now, if galaxies pay attention and obey, how much more ought we to do the same? Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!