He Made the Stars Also

Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

This one verse may contain the most understated fact in all the Bible.  After stating that God created a greater light to rule the day (the Sun) and a lesser light to rule the night (the Moon), it states that God “made the stars also”.  That is the first and only time stars are mentioned in the creation narrative. When one considers that mankind has attempted to count and catalog the stars down through history and at this point has numbered over 945,000,000 stars1, this statement seems to minimize the incredible magnitude of the accomplishment.

However, we must remember that we are speaking of the actions of God and “with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).  For God, creating a billion stars is no more difficult than creating one.  God spoke things into existence (Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24, 26).  He is God and by definition, He does what He pleases, as He pleases.

So when you look up on a clear night and view the multitudes of stars dotting the night sky, enjoy the beauty of the universe, but more importantly, stand in awe of the God for whom the stars were but a side note in all that He created.