Deuteronomy 4:19 - "When you look to the heavens and see the sun, moon, and stars - all the array of heaven - do not be led astray to bow down and worship them. The Lord your God has provided them for all people everywhere under heaven."
When I read this passage I can't help but think about the solar eclipse that happened on August 21st. It amazes me at how much hype and media coverage this event received. I am not saying that this was an insignificant event, but I was surprised at all the hoopla. There were special eclipse shirts, donuts, moonshine, and the ever so important eclipse ISO 12312-2 glasses. People stood in lines for hours to get glasses; they traveled from all over the world to experience two minutes of "totality." Schools let out, and the world seemed to come to a standstill during the actual event. People all across our nation were expectantly looking to the sky. Leigh Ann and I sat on our back deck and watched the event as well. It was what I had expected. The sun became smaller; it got darker and cooler. Then the sun got bigger and it became brighter and hotter. I thought about how this event captured so much of people's interest, time and money. I was reminded of this verse, and I wondered about how many people actually acknowledged the One who made this event possible. I also thought about Isaiah 51:13 - "But you have forgotten the Lord, your Maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth." I thought that it would be wonderful if people and media would give God the same publicity and focus as they did this event. As believers, we should be "looking to the skies" expectantly awaiting the return of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Until that day, let us make much of King Jesus in our lives, homes, and churches. Let us not forget the One who gives us life, abundantly and eternal.