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Seeds of the Kingdom

Just Five Little Words

by Malcolm Wood

13 February 2012

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The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvellous craftsmanship.
Psalm 19:1, NLT

A leading newspaper recently reported that ‘Across Britain, men, women and children are turning to the heavens. Thanks to a boom in technology and a series of television promotions by star showbiz names, amateur astronomy is going through its own big bang in popularity’.

The same article went on to state the fact that Amazon has reported a 500% increase in telescope sales and that live TV programmes were bringing the joys of stargazing to homes around the nation every night.

Mankind has always held an awesome interest in the stars, their structure, their position, their movements, their origins. Much has been learnt through the ages not only of our solar system but of the galaxy to which it belongs and the vastness of the universe of which it is just a small part.

As clever as man has become in discovering and understanding some of the secrets of the universe, as much as he learns more about supernovas, gamma-ray bursts and the like, it appears that the more he discovers the more there is to discover.

The psalmist was overcome by the vastness of it all when he said: ‘When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers- the moon and the stars you have put in place- what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should car for us?’ (Psalm 8:3-4).

The unfathomable nature of the universe surely displays something of the unfathomable greatness of our God? Shouldn’t the thought, that our God put it all together and holds it altogether, bring us to our knees more often than it does?

It never ceases to amaze me that as great and as vast as the universe is, reference to its creation is covered in just five words in Genesis chapter 1. In verse 16 whilst talking about the sun and the moon, almost as an afterthought we read, ‘He also made the stars.’ Just stop for a moment and considered what those five words imply…

May we whenever we’re able, like the psalmist, consider the night sky, and as we marvel at what we see, be drawn closer to the One who made it all for our pleasure and enjoyment, and in response be lost in wonder, love and praise.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for giving me the ability to appreciate all You have created. Please forgive me for taking so much for granted. Help me to appreciate it even more and You most of all. Amen.

Malcolm Wood and his wife Anna became part of the Ellel family as House Managers at Ellel Grange in 1990. Since then they have been involved with many aspects of the developing Ministry. From 2001 until 2015 they were Directors of Ellel Scotland where they hosted several International Schools and Operation Blairmore and helped pioneer the exciting Creative Inspiration Weeks. They have three sons.


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