14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Genesis 1:14-19, NKJV
Creation Day 4: Sun, Moon, and Stars
On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, the moon, and the stars. The primary purpose of the sun and moon was to divide the day from the night. In other words, on the fourth day of creation, God created time for the earth. Time included days and nights, seasons, and years. The greater light (the sun) would rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) would rule the night.
Think of the magnificence of what God has done. In this, the 21st century, we cannot even begin to plumb the depths of the heavens. As we send space probes out into the heavens, more and more glorious images are transferred back to the earth. But, can we reach the ends of the heavens? Do the heavens even have an end? These are impossible questions for man to even comprehend much less answer. And yet, our God created the heavens. The stars in all their courses have been set by His Almighty hand, and each star has a name, known only to God.
One of the difficulties we as humans face when trying to understand God is that we are creatures of time. From the day we were born, our hours, days, weeks, and even years are numbered. All of life is guided by time. Even in countries where clocks are not used, time is recorded using God's creation of the sun and moon as timepieces.
Because we tend to place our own limitations upon God, we do not even begin to understand existence apart from time. Yet when God looks upon our earth, He sees the entire tapestry, from the 1st day of creation until the last day of earth's existence when time shall be no more. We only see a few fragments of thread on the back of the tapestry which represent our own personal time on this earth.
We begin to comprehend, a little better, the idea of God's sovereign rule over this earth. If He is not limited by time, He does not have to wait until events occur to decide what to do. He has already determined the start from the finish even before the first day of creation.
Does that make us mere robots? No! God, in that same sovereignty has given to man a free will. Do not these ideas contradict one another? No! From our perspective man's free will and God's sovereignty seem to contradict one another, but when we enter the gates of heaven we will understand that both exist without contradiction. I think the difficulty arises when we, as mere humans, try to think like God.
We are not God; we will never be like God. We have been placed here at this specific time and place in this world at God's decree. And, we will remain here until the day of our death or Christ's return. All of this has been pre-determined by God even before time began.
When we think of God's creation on day 4, let us consider that time is limited. The day will come when God will say, "Time shall be no more!" As children of God, let us work for the glory of God all of the days He has given to us on this earth. And then, we will enter that glorious heavenly rest where we will be with Christ forever!
May the Lord hasten the day!
God Bless You,