I stood outside in the brisk breeze of a Florida winter tonight and watched the moon.
It glistened in the night sky, a waxing crescent two days out from the new moon. Our family calls this a fingernail moon, because that is what it looked like to our children when they were small.
As I gazed as this marvelous sight, I was struck by the regularity of creation. Every month the moon moves through its phases, never missing a beat. The Earth continues its orbit around the sun, and seasons come and go. Stars appear and are so constant that we use them for direction.
I thought of this verse in Genesis 8 – the promise that God gave to Noah after the flood:
22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.
We spend our busy lives walking around on a sphere rotating at 1,000 miles per hour as it revolves around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour1. Yet, we seldom think about this movement; we are caught up in the here and now and focused on the dramas in our lives.
You know Who is watching this movement? God is. He planned it. He governs it. He keeps it. If He stopped for one moment, the results would be catastrophic.
Colossians 1: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
God is still keeping His promise to Noah!
Man’s systems flourish and fail. Governments rise and fall. Leaders shine and shatter. Promises are made, often in good faith, but the keeping of them presents great difficulty.
But God keeps His promises – every one of them.
Tonight’s moon was just one example.
Psalm 121: I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber. (ESV)
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