My eyes looked at the brilliant stars in the January night sky. Two stars, or planets, maybe, drew my attention. I asked myself, “I wonder which those two are?”
I turned to view more of the heavens. Stars shone brightly, some twinkling, some just barely visible. I’m awestruck by how many are up there. Even more amazing is that God has named every, single one. Not a star exists that hasn’t been given a name by God.
“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them” Psalm 147:4 (NASB).
Humans give names to their children, their pets, sometimes their cars and homes. Giving someone, or something, a name implies an ownership – my child, my dog. Naming also involves responsibility. I have a duty to take care of my children, my pets, my property.
God gave us that ownership and responsibility when he assigned Adam the task of naming the animals in the Garden of Eden.
“Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name” Genesis 2:19 (NASB).
Just as God knows each, and every star by name, He knows us. The stars shine and reflect the glory of His creation in the heavens. We are to reflect His glory on the earth.
“As all of us reflect the glory of the Lord with unveiled faces, we are becoming more like him with ever-increasing glory by the Lord’s Spirit” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ISV).