Signs communicate a message, an idea, or a command; and are also used to notify us of events to come or an event in the past. We use signs to communicate as well as to set the boundaries of time when an event begins and when it ends. When the sun sets we know the day is over, when the sun rises its a sign of a new day.
Depending on where you live on Earth, the position of your shadow when you stand in the afternoon sun, is a sign whether you are in the dry hot or cold wet season. Natural signs help us mark time in terms of days, seasons, and years. Signs we make like arrows on a road, or numbers on our houses, help us organize society.
It is fascinating that Genesis 1:14-19 (KJV) (shortened) says: “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven… and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years… And God made two great lights… he made the stars also… And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”
On the fourth day of creation, God made the – sun, moon, stars – and gave them three objectives: (1) provide light by day and by night (2) be for signs – signs to communicate God’s plans (3) be for seasons – to organize life on Earth. Remember that great sign, the extremely bright star of Bethlehem when Jesus was born. This is just a small illustration of the divine intelligence and wisdom behind all of creation.
We are told in Romans 1:20 (GOD’S WORD® Translation): “From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse.”
May the awesomeness of God’s intelligence, wisdom, power, and love for us, seen in creation, lead us to love him too, in Jesus name, Amen!