I awoke early. I looked up in the sky. There was a sliver of the moon shining brightly. The dark arc shaped outline across the moon is the shadow of the earth.
“Have you not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sits upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretches out the heavens as a curtain, and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in:” ( Isaiah 40 v 21 22 KJV)
In warmer countries people sit outdoors in the cool of the evening. They would be aware of the changes in the moon each month. The moon is visible to all nations all over the world. Looking at creation has inspired scientists and writers to do their work. They would have wondered why is there changes in the moon?
There was debate among Christian scientists in earlier centuries. Some thought the earth was flat. But this line in the bible “He sits on the circle of the earth” gives us a clue that the earth is round. Columbus set sail on the sea. If the earth was round he expected to come back to where he set off.
The moon is made up of material that reflects light. The sun shining on the moon gives it light. The earth blocks some of this light when it is positioned between the sun and the moon. This happens during each month. We can see the arc of the edge of the earth on the moon another sign that the earth is a circle.
As I looked at the sky I began to worship God who created the sun, the moon and the stars when I remembered these scriptures. This morning I can see part of the circle of the earth on the moon.
I was reading the story of Jonah this week. He disobeyed God and got on a boat.
A storm hit the boat. Here is what it says.
“Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.
But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold. So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”
Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit.
“Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”
Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land. Then he told them he was running away from The Lord..” (Jonah 1:5-9 NLT)
Jonah identified himself as one who worships the God of heaven.
I am so encouraged that people from many nations read my blog. The moon that is shining on you, shines on me here in Ireland. I encourage you to look up at the moon and watch the changes each month. Look beyond the moon to The Lord who made the it. He knows all about you. You cannot hide from him like Jonah tried to do.
Call out to the God of heaven and his son Jesus and he will deliver you.