March 2nd Lenten Devotional

The Heavenly Witness

Chad Pierce

Psalm 19:1-4a

Creation itself tells the glory of God. The celestial chorus gives God praise.  Perhaps nothing can make a human feel smaller than standing outside on a dark, clear night. We can see light from countless stars millions of miles away. Our Milky Way galaxy spreads across the sky, and even that is just a fraction of the 94 billion light years across some scientists estimate our universe is today. We are not the center of the universe, the galaxy, or even our solar system.

The universe declares the glories of God even though we cannot hear it. Every minute of every day and night suns, moons, planets, and stars preach about God, and yet we do not understand or even hear them. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Sometimes Lent also is too grand to make sense. God left perfection to live and move among us. More than that, Jesus journeyed to the cross. Each step of the way was a decision based on love rather than logic. How does Christ’s work overcome our sin? It truly makes little sense. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true.

Lent is a time when we are reminded that God’s suffering began the restoration not only of our individual and communal lives but also of the creation itself. Lent’s journey is not something that is easily understood. Maybe it’s not supposed to be. Maybe accepting and proclaiming the mystery of God’s love is enough, even when we don’t fully understand.

Action Item: Go outside on a clear night and look at the stars. If that’s not possible, find
some aspect of creation around you. Quietly listen to the sermons they are preaching. Join them if you can.

Rev. Dr. Chad Pierce is the Pastor of Faith Christian Reformed Church in Holland, MI.

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