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God knows what lies in the vast darkness


September 15, 2017

Last week I was going through some magazines and pulled out an issue of the “Smithsonian.” It was an April 2013 edition and as I flipped through the pages, I read an article on the vastness of space.

What I read was somewhat mind boggling:

“To casual stargazers, space seems to have no boundaries. Yet fans of NASA’s farthest-flung spacecraft can‘t stop talking about how the probe is on the verge of piercing the border surrounding the planets and plunging into the realm beyond.

“Since Voyager 1 blasted off in 1977, it has skirted past the kaleidoscopic clouds of Jupiter and the icy rings of Saturn. The spacecraft is now 124 times farther from the sun than we are, and in the time it takes you to read this paragraph, will venture outward 100 miles more.

“Its most recent observations raise questions about our solar system’s true reach.”

Grasping the depth of that description was difficult for me. Can any of us fathom the boundaries that surround us for trillions of miles out? The reported observation by the Smithsonian magazine author is new but through the centuries man has marveled at the sheer magnitude of God’s creation.

With the record of God talking to Job in the book of Job in the Old Testament, God asked Job some metaphorical questions. With these extreme examples of questions, God was making a point about Job’s limited knowledge, what he could not grasp. As a result, Job saw that God is omniscient and man is not.

God said to Job:

“Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

“Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the Earth?

“Tell me, if you know all this.

“What is the way to the abode of light?

“And where does darkness reside?

“Can you take them to their places?

“Do you know the paths to their dwellings?” (Job 38: 17-20)

In other words, God asked Job if he understood the vastness of the Earth and the origin of light and the deepest darkness.

Then God asked Job about his understanding of the universe.

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?

“Can you loosen Orion’s belt?

“Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?

“Do you know the laws of the heavens?

“Can you set up God’s dominion over the Earth?” (Job 38: 31-33)

God mentioned three arrangements in the universe.

Pleiades is really a cluster of hundreds of stars and only part of those are visible with the unassisted eye. Four hundred light years away, Pleiades is vastness added to vastness.

Then God mentioned Orion, a range of stars even farther from 240 to over 1,300 light-years from Earth.

The Bear is the Great Bear constellation that dominates the heavens in the northern hemisphere.

God told Job that he was the maker of it all. My simple reasoning is that the cosmos is beyond my explanation or understanding. Yet, think about this: No matter how far the NASA Voyager has been, God has been there. God knows because he created whatever the Voyager passes through and wherever it is going.

Further, I may marvel at new knowledge and the vastness of space, but nothing surprises God. He knows all things.

A.W. Tozer wrote: “Because God knows all things perfectly, he knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, he is never surprised, never amazed.”

The truth about our loving, merciful and all powerful God is that he is all-knowing. The vastness of the universe and the places unknown to us are known by God. He knows the expanse of the universe and all that is beyond. But in addition, he knows the very recesses of our hearts.

And just as God put the stars in place and formed the expanse that we now call space, God is concerned about our individual hearts. So God sent his Son Jesus so that we cold know him.

Not only does he know the expanse and vastness of the cosmos, he knows each of us in a way we do not know ourselves. By faith, we accept both.

I trust that no matter what I encounter, from the sin that originates in my heart to the expanse of the universe, God knows. That is quite enough for me.

Judy Brandon writes about faith for The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her at:


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