Lessons from a Star

Here are three lessons we can learn from a star.

1. Illuminating

Stars are one of the most beautiful creations, they were created to give us light and point us to our Creator. The brightness of stars shines light in the dark night and remains hidden from our sight due to the brightness of the sun during the day. A star's light illuminates things we would otherwise be blind from and help guide us in the right direction if we pay attention to the positions of the many images God designed in the sky, the constellations. We are called to be the light of the world, shining in the darkness and illuminating the truth of God.

"He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite." (Psalm 147:4-5).
"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 care for him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. - Daniel 12:3
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:14-16

2. Twinkling Hot

Stars are in essence balls of gas. They are extremely hot which is why they are so bright. Stars range in temperature illustrated by their color. The three basic and primary colors of stars are red, yellow, and blue, blue being the brightest and most hot. One key way to tell the difference between a star or a planet in the night sky is if the object twinkles. Stars twinkle but planets do not appear to. The twinkling of a star is due to the distance, as stars are further away from Earth than the Sun or other planets, and the brightness of the light is refracted due to various atmosphere changes in the Earth. Just as a star's heat increases the brightness it radiates and twinkles, we ought to be on fire for God and burning with an intense desire to witness to those who are lost, be an example to those who are struggling, and help those in need.

There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. - 1 Corinthians 15:40-41
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. - 2 Peter 3:10-13
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, - 1 Peter 1:22-23

3. Signs

Stars were created as signs to show us the seasons, days, and years. The best method for predicting the weather forecast or time is to pay attention to God's creations. God gives us the sun, moon, and stars to let us know how we need to plan and prepare for good weather if the sky is red at night, or stormy weather if the sky is red in the morning. If you are not able to access your smartphone, a clock, or your computer, how can you tell the time? By using the sun and moon, as they did in the beginning. Nothing God created is without purpose. Each creation has significance and directs us to its Maker. Live in a way that your words align with your actions and you are a beacon of truth and shine your light to point others to Christ.

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; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 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. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. - Genesis 1:14-19

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