What did you learn by noticing the stars? Were you able to calculate how many there are, even counting them? Naming them? Yeah — me neither. But the immensity of the galaxies is certainly amazing, isn’t it?
In Isaiah 40, God invites the reader to consider the stars. Then he asks two questions:
27O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?Isaiah 40:27
Do you ever feel that way? Either God isn’t seeing your troubles or he chooses to ignore them? Does he not care? Maybe life on earth is just too human for him to understand.
But wait! Let’s read on…
28Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.Isaiah 40:28
The psalmist says the same thing…
5How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!Psalm 147:5
Not only can I not count the stars or call them by name, I cannot fathom the depth of God’s understanding for ME! He knows when I am troubled and when I rejoice, he sees my thoughts when they are still a long way off, he totally gets me!
He not only sees my trouble, whatever that may be, but he cares that my heart is melting within me.
7I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.Psalm 31:7
I don’t know what anguish you might be experiencing or if you are in a place of perfect peace right now. If trouble is your companion, know that you have a Father who sees it, understands it and is concerned about the anguish in your soul. If peace is your companion, ask God to open your eyes to those around you who are struggling and then tell them that God understands the trouble and is concerned about their soul.
Take a look at the stars again tonight. If he can count them all and even names them, he can take care of your trouble. Let that truth wash over you, filling every corner of your heart!