On a recent Wednesday evening, I was standing outside looking at the stars. From a college astronomy course years ago I was able to
identify a few stars by name and even a few constellations. As I gazed heavenward, it occurred to me that I don’t spend enough time looking up. I am often too busy looking downward, fixating—with an almost religious obsession—on my cell phone, narcissistic social media, and other worldly distractions. I’m too easily distracted by downward dilemmas than upward opportunities. How important it is to be reminded to look up! The Bible, of course, is not silent about the upward look.
In Isaiah 40:26 we read: “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.”
We are told about Stephen, the first Christian martyr: “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts
Jesus spoke of signs that would precede his coming and said: “When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
The Old King James versionnsays, “Look up … for your redemption draweth nigh.”
Christians are to be an upwardlooking people, fixing our eyes on
Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). That can be a real challenge in a world of so many distractions, high-tech and otherwise. Determination is the key. I plan to spend more time looking at the stars … even as I determine to gaze more intently at the Maker of the stars.
– Pastor David