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The Father of Lights

Merwyn Wishaart, UK

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from
the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(James 1:17)

On the first day of creation God said, ‘Let there be light’. These are the first spoken words recorded in our Bible (Gen. 1:3). The result was immediate, ‘and there was light’. The darkness that had brooded over the face of the waters was dispelled as the light shone. ‘For God...commanded the light to shine out of darkness’ (2 Cor. 4:6). The source of this initial light is not revealed to us; God commanded it and it appeared. From the beginning He was the originator, the Father of lights. God always acts in accordance with His own immutable character: ‘God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all’ (1 John 1:5).


On the fourth day of creation God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven...And 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’ (Gen. 1:14, 16). This one verse of Scripture speaks of the creation of the sun, the moon and the stars. Notice the double affirmation: ‘God made’ and ‘He made’. These celestial bodies were never the product of evolution; they are the handiwork of God.

Job, perhaps the earliest writer of all, writes: ‘Which alone spreadeth out the heavens...Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south’ (Job 9:8-9).

David as a shepherd boy had many opportunities at night to gaze upward and marvel, as his eyes scanned the canopy of heaven. His thoughts are recorded in Psalm 8:3-4: ‘When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?’ He wondered that such an awesome God, who created the sun, moon and stars, and sustained the vast expanse of His universe, would take notice of puny man. He wrote in Psalm 19:1: ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork.’ His conclusion was that the glory of God, as declared in the heavens, is a witness to all men everywhere: ‘There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard’ (v. 3).

Paul repeats this assertion in the New Testament. ‘For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen...even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse’ (Rom. 1:20).
Isaiah, in discharging the commission given to him by the Lord to ‘Comfort ye my people’, says, ‘Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number’ (Isa. 40:1, 26). There is nothing more uplifting to the believer than to contemplate the greatness, majesty and power of our God.


The Milky Way is the galaxy which contains the earth and our solar system. It is only one among untold millions of galaxies in the universe. The number of planets in our galaxy has been estimated as between one hundred billion and four hundred billion. It is amazing, even with the advancement in technology—such as the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope by NASA IN 1990, and the completion of the huge China Sky Eye in 2016, that scientists still cannot be more exact about numbers. Our God is omniscient and he knows all things: ‘He telleth the number of the stars’. (Psalm 147:4). He knows exactly the total number in each galaxy, and in all the galaxies of the universe. We can place the concerns we may have from day to day in His all-powerful hand, and say like Job: ‘He knoweth the way that I take’ (23:10).


Not only does He know the total number, but an even more staggering thought is that ‘He calleth them all by their names’ (Psalm 147:4). He knows them individually. Some of their names are mentioned in Scripture: Arcturus, Orion, Pleiades and Mazzaroth (Job 9:9; 38:31- 32). In the latter passage Job is being questioned by the Lord as to his power to control them or to determine their influence over the earth. The comment of C. H. Spurgeon on these verses is a pertinent reminder of our limitations: ‘If inclined to boast of our abilities, the grandeur of nature may soon show us how puny we are. We cannot move the least of all the twinkling stars...We speak of power but the heavens laugh us to scorn. When the Pleiades shine forth in spring with vernal joy we cannot restrain their influences, and when Orion reigns aloft, and the year is bound in winter’s fetters, we cannot relax the icy bands.’ God not only knows the number of His people, but He knows them individually: ‘I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine’ (Isa. 43:1). How intimately He knows us; the Lord Jesus said, ‘But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore...’ (Luke 12:7). Every star is unique. ‘There is one glory of the

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