There’s a beautiful picture in God’s holy scriptures of sand and stars, and how we as his children can be compared to them.
God made a promise to Abraham that his seed would multiply and be so numerous that they would be like the sand by the sea and the stars in the sky.
“That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” – Genesis 22:17
This applied, of course, in a natural way to Abraham’s children according to the flesh. However, it was also a spiritual picture of the heirs of promise—God’s children according to the Spirit.
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” – Romans 2:28-29
The Apostle Paul clearly tells us here that it’s not a matter of being a Jew by natural birth; a true Jew is one who is a spiritual Jew.
“For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed” – Romans 9:6-8
If you love God and desire to please him, you are one of his children and an heir of this promise.
In his word, we as his children are compared to both sand and stars. Why sand? Why stars?
First, both sand and stars are so numerous they cannot be counted, which is how God’s children are.
“After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” – Revelation 7:9-10
What can we learn when we examine the contrast between sand and stars? Sand is low. This is a picture of how we are without God’s intervening grace in our lives. Stars are high, which is how we are after he has bestowed grace upon us. We have been elevated to a position which we previously did not have, thanks to his everlasting love.
Sand is tossed about by wind and water, and is trodden under foot; it’s worthless—just like us without God. As our Lord said in John 15:5, “without me ye can do nothing.”
On the other hand, stars are constant…unmoving. Men for thousands of years have been using the same stars to guide their way because of their consistency. One day, hard as it is to imagine, we shall “be holy and without blame before him in love.” – Ephesians 1:4. We shall be consistent like the stars.
Stars, together, can light up the whole sky at night. Each star doesn’t try to light up the whole sky by itself, but each lights up just the area around it. Brothers and sisters, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” – Matthew 5:16. In doing this, we like the stars can together can light up this dark world of sin and sorrow.