Stars don’t seem to twinkle so bright anymore – why is this? Experts tell us that due to electricity the world today is much brighter at night compared to 100, 500, 1000 years back, thus stars don’t look so amazing to many today as it did to our ancestors. However, beyond their twinkly brightness, stars serve a greater purpose.
Like direction signs on our roads, which help us find our way when we are on a journey, stars were helpful to our ancestors as they traveled long distances by sea and by land. By having a map of the position of the brightest stars, travelers could tell whether they are traveling North, East, West, or South.
How true the words of Genesis 1:14-19 (KJV) (shortened): “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…”
The stars in the heavens have been in their positions for a long time; once in a while a star would sometimes travel through the night sky, burning bright for a time before they disappear. The star of Bethlehem for instance was such a super shining star, and in addition was a sign to the world of the birth of the King of Kings!
Matthew 2:1-2 (KJV) reports: Now after Jesus was born… in the days of Herod… wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
The wise men knew something great was happening, due to prophecies they had studied and the appearance of a super star in the heavens. The stars are created by God to speak for him; there is much we can learn about God as we study about stars from the Bible rather than from the pages of newspapers and non-Bible sources.
Merry Christmas to you – may the super star light of Jesus guide into the truth, and speak favor into your lives, in Jesus name, Amen!