Job 9:8-10 (NIV)

8 He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.  9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.  10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.   

Job 9:9 (NIV)

9 He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south.

DEVOTION – Wallace Brixner, Jr. (New Jersey)

One of my favorite activities after a hectic day is to step outside after dinner, when all is quiet, and gaze at the evening sky.  On a clear night many stars and constellations are visible, such as Pleides, the Big Dipper, and Gemini.  But my favorite has always been Orion – maybe because its outline and belt are so distinct in the sky.

Recently, my Bible study group was studying the book of Job.  When I read Job 9:9, it occurred to me that the constellations have been around since the beginning of Creation.  The ancients looked upon them with the same awe and reverence that I look upon them today.  In the same way, God has been there since the beginning, and God is with us today.  God is unchanging; the God who spoke to Job is the same God to whom I pray every night.

In our busy lives, it is easy to get caught up by stress and anxiety and let the One who has the power to relieve them go unnoticed – or forgotten.  The mariners of old used the stars to guide them because they were a constant.  Our constant is the God who created those same stars – the unchanging God who will be with us all the days of our life’s journey.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: No matter how lost we may be, God can find us.

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for being our light and our guide through every circumstance of life.  Amen.