22nd October 2019


“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Psalm 19:1 (NKJV)

There I was bringing in the washing when suddenly I was struck motionless looking up into the night sky. It was pretty well cloudless, something remarkable by itself, and dark enough to make the heavenly display plainly visible even in my suburban garden on the outskirts of London. Now, I don’t claim to be one with the late Patrick Moore, but even I could recognise the constellation of Orion with his belt and sword. And then there was Sirius, the brightest object in our sky (apart from the moon, of course).

Well, I only lingered for a moment or two; there was ironing to be done. But it did make me think immediately of that young shepherd boy, David, on the hills of Judah thousands of years ago. He too had looked up and had seen that same night sky. He had had time to contemplate a magnificent display without the veil of light pollution of a modern city as his sheep milled peaceably about him. No doubt he lay back on a grassy knoll, perhaps chewing a straw, gazing out into eternity and meditating on the greatness of his God and the puniness of man. He saw the same constellations as we see, though no doubt he had other images and names in mind; but, as Shakespeare might have said, a constellation by any other name still would be as awe inspiring.

And yet all this, we are told, will one day be swept away and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. The eternity we look out to is a physical one and temporary, whereas the one we Christians look forward to is spiritual and eternal. Still, it all looks so permanent. But we, as the men and women of old in Hebrews 11, look for a new city and a new heavens and earth, this time permanent and eternal, our legacy as joint heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17), and no doubt just as magnificent and awe inspiring.

Magnificent Father, as we rush about our daily lives, too often we haven’t time to reflect on your greatness and the awe-inspiring universe out there. All this to help bring your sons and daughters to glory—or at the very least to be able to comprehend something of the greatness of our future. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford

About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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