Here’s an astonishing fact for a mundane Monday morning: a new study by scientists suggests that instead of 10 trillion stars in the universe (as formerly calculated), there are more than 300 sextillion stars—a ‘3’ followed by ‘23’ zeroes. And here’s an amazing thought: God knows the number of stars and calls them all by name (Ps. 147:4). Daunting, isn’t it!
Now let’s bring this down to earth and make it more personal. Jesus says our Heavenly Father knows how many hairs are on your head (Luke 12:7). How personal is that! But of course what Jesus is really telling us is that God knows us—intimately. Moreover, He thinks about us. The Psalmist says: “Many, O Lord my God, are…Your thoughts toward us… If I would declare and speak of them, they would be too numerous to count” (40:5) (Probably more than 300 sextillion?)
On a cold, rainy, dreary Monday morning like this one, the humdrum of life on earth threatens to move God to the margins of our minds. So think about this: the God who knows the numbers and names of the stars, knows you, and certainly knows your name. And is thinking about you right now. (1 Chron. 28:9)