The First Day of Spring

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • March 20, 2017
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First Day of Spring

It’s the first day of Spring! If you spend any time with Joni, you know how much she enjoys seeing the stars in the night sky. And with Spring arriving today, there are all sorts of new constellations up there arriving on the horizon – there's good reason to go stargazing. The prophet Isaiah who, as he probably rested back on a rock under a starry night sky in springtime, was able to look up and be awestruck by what he saw. He even tells us in Isaiah 40:26 to "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing." And then in the next verse Isaiah adds, "Why do you... complain, O Israel, 'My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God.'" 

Now, when the people of Isaiah's day followed His advice and actually looked at the heavens, you have to wonder what they thought. Even when New Testament Christians read this verse, what did they think when they lifted their heads and looked to the heavens? Surely they were overwhelmed to see springtime constellations. And when they stopped to consider the incredible number of those stars, they no doubt did what Isaiah told them to do... they bit their tongues from complaining; how dare they complain after realizing that God named all those many thousands of stars within their sight. They may have been living hundreds of years before the telescope was invented, but still, they had to be awestruck at the number of stars they were able to see just with the naked eye. 

And here's the point Isaiah was making: If God cares about the names of each star, why should we complain, thinking that our problems are hidden from him, or that he has no regard for our situation? You are far more precious to him than a nova, or even a super-nova. He has made you co-heir with the Creator and Name-Giver of the stars. You are always in God's sight. And that's good enough reason never to complain!

 
 

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Dear Joni, You are a star--a clear, shining life of service and Christlikeness. Thank you for your faithfulness. May God bless you today with peace and freedom from pain. from Philippians 2: It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose . . . children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life."
  • March 21, 2017
  • 5:02 a.m.
  • Rachel