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Heading off to the sun

It’s holiday time – or it soon will be, for most of us; and many will be heading off to foreign parts to enjoy the sunshine. I’ve also just read the announcement about the Parker Solar Probe, a mission which is to be launched next year, aiming to swoop to within four million miles of the sun’s surface to provide lots of new data on the way the sun affects the earth. That brings a new meaning to ‘heading off to the sun’! The probe needs to withstand temperatures of 1400oC whilst keeping the internal equipment at 70oC. I gather going at night is not an option!

As the sun is central to life on earth in every way, it’s hardly surprising that there have been ‘sun worshippers’ for thousands of years before package holidays were invented. It’s easy to see why – it could be said that the sun is the one reliable source of heat, necessary for life, food, and even the regulation of work & sleep patterns. It is the most powerful object around. But that’s what it is – an object, like everything else – and we now know that it is one of many billions of suns in the known universe. To me, and to all who accept the existence of a Creator, it is an amazing indication of God’s greatness and power. So why worship an object in creation? Let’s worship the Creator.

The sun is mentioned 170 times in the Bible. 32 of those are in the book of Ecclesiastes, where King Solomon says that ‘there is nothing new under the sun’. The message is that everything we do is visible to God, who rules above all and that He only can have a balanced view of life, as it relates to nations and individuals. Jesus said that our heavenly Father ‘causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good’ indicating his nature of justice and love (Matthew 5:45). And in Revelation we read that there’ll be no need for a sun in heaven, because of the glory of God.

So let me ask: how big is your God? As we pray, we realise that He has the power to answer – and that in Jesus He proved His ultimate concern for people whom we may consider insignificant. Such as ourselves! Plus, just as the sun constantly bathes the world in in warmth and light, so there is no place or situation on earth that is beyond His influence. As we take time out from our work, why not make it your mission to journey to God – who is there for us any time of the day or night.

Yours in Jesus

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