26th September 2013


“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”
Psalm 8:3-4 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 a 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 (ignoring 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 seen that same night sky. He had had time to contemplate a magnificent display without the light pollution of a modern city as his sheep milled 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 I was seeing, though he no doubt had other images and names in mind, but, as Shakespeare might have said, a constellation by any other name would still 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 in space is a physical one and temporary, whereas the one we Christians look forward to is spiritual and eternal. 

And yet it all looks so permanent. But we, like the men and women of old in Hebrews 11, look for a new city and a new heavens and earth, permanent, eternal, our legacy as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and no doubt as magnificent and awe inspiring! 

Glorious Father, your heaven reflects for us your majesty, power and greatness. So often we take such things for granted. Help us always to be mindful as to how nature reveals you in all your magnificent detail. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


johnstettafordAbout 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, 6th Form Common Room
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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One Response to “26th September 2013”

  1. Ian Woodley on September 26th, 2013 5:14 pm

    Hello John
    Thank you for today’s great message reminding us of our Christian hope. Very encouraging.
    Kind Regards

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