Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."
I like science. Science is all about knowing how things work. But knowing how something works is not the same as knowing how it came to be. For example we know a lot about how stars produce their energy, but scientists pretty much speculate on how they came to be. I know, astronomers talk very eruditely about how stellar evolution occurs and how the original hot gasses from the big bang cooled and then began to coalesce into giant clumps of matter and finally ignited under the enormous gravitational pressure. But you know what, they have seen stars explode as supernovas but they have never seen one light up for the first time. All that talk is just sophisticated models of how they think it could have happened.
As a Christian who believes that God created everything in six days about six thousand years ago, I have to hold a lot of things in tension--like the difficulty in reconciling how the starlight (traveling at the speed of light of course) got here from billions of light-years away in just a few thousand years. There are some models using Einstein's Theory of Relativity that help a little bit but they're incomplete and not very satisfying.
I think this verse speaks to this issue quite well. Why did God put the stars so far away? Was it to test the resolve of those who believe Genesis is an accurate record of how He did it? No one could argue that an Almighty God could create everything just the way the Bible records it, since by definition He is all mighty. God says that in the same way the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his thoughts and ways higher than ours. I believe God put them that far away just to demonstrate for real how much smarter he is.
Thank you Lord. I really do get the picture now.