6-Week Series: Against All Odds

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I have read that the nearest star to our sun is called Proxima Centauri, and it’s about 4.22 light years away. As you know, a light year is not a measurement of time; it is a measurement of distance. Light is the fastest thing we know of, and a light year is how far it takes light to travel in a year. So, how many miles is a light year? About six trillion miles, give or take! That means that the closest star to our planet besides our sun is over 25 trillion miles away. What about the most distant stars? Among those stars that astronomers have identified, the farthest from us are some 900,000 light years away. Now, think about that. Any one of those stars could have disappeared from space almost a million years ago, and we would think it was still there because we would still be seeing its light.

Consider what that means for the immensity of space…. And now, consider what the immensity of space means for the majesty of God. “To whom will you liken me and make me equal,” God asks, “[or] compare me, as though we were alike?” (Isa. 46:5). There is no one like God.

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