How Big is Creation?

February 09, 2016

How Big is Creation?

If you’re a city dweller, chances are you can’t see many of the stars at night. You’ve probably noticed, however, that if you take a short drive away from the city lights, thousands of more stars become visible in the night sky – each one created by God to declare His glory!

Psalm 97:6 says, “The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.” With over 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 beautiful stars in the known universe, it is true that the heavens declare the glory of God!

He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.” -Psalm 147:4

The universe is so vast that its actual size is beyond our comprehension. Its expanse is nearly impossible to fathom. Just stop and consider our galaxy, the Milky Way, stretching approximately 100,000 light-years across and containing around 200 billion stars. Our local solar system (7 billion miles in diameter and containing the sun, planets, moons, and comets) is just a tiny part of the Milky Way Galaxy. And to imagine that scientists estimate that there are over 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe, each one containing billions and sometimes trillions of stars! And like stars, each galaxy is uniquely designed! If that doesn’t make you feel small, think about this…the universe is continually expanding!


The vastness and grandeur of the universe is difficult to fathom, but it’s even more mind-blowing to consider how it was created. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” God simply spoke and called it into existence!

When we look at ourselves within the context of the entire universe, it’s easy to feel small and insignificant here on earth. Is Earth merely an insignificant speck in a vast universe? On the contrary! The earth is a very special and privileged planet in God’s immense creation.

Watch this short clip from ICR that explains how God created the earth special and to sustain life:


“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?”

-Psalm 8:3-4

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