“..and the lesser light to govern the night.”

Genesis 1: 16

Reading: Genesis 1: 14-19

How often do we get a chance to just slow down a bit and contemplate Creation? That’s why we’re going to spend another day this month examining the environment surrounding our Earth.  

Our moon. God created it. Man reached it. Poets have written about it. Our ‘lesser light’ is amazing and essential to life on Earth. A major purpose of the moon is to light up the night. The moon reflects the sun’s light on to us even when the sun is on the other side of the earth. Another job the moon has is to show the seasons. The moon orbits the Earth roughly once a month causing regular phases in a 29½-day cycle - so calendars could be made, so people could plant their crops at the best time of the year.

The moon’s size and closeness to Earth means it has the greatest tidal effect on Earth. Even the sun has less than half this effect, and the effect of the other planets is negligible. When the sun and moon are aligned, their combined gravity results in strong spring tides. When they are at right angles, their gravity partly cancels the effect out, resulting in weak neap tides. Anyone who lives at the coast is well aware of this effect.

Have no doubt, this world has been expertly crafted by our genius Creator. That knowledge should bring you great peace of mind.


Lord, by day or night, everywhere I look I have cause to praise You.

For the family


Explain briefly what God created on Day 4. Yesterday you focused on the sun, today you’re going to focus on the moon and stars.


Young kids

Very young kids will enjoy singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star – along with all the actions.

Older kids

You can all watch this fascinating re-make of the moon landing

At the end of

this article

the 4 most popular evolutionary theories about the origin of the moon are refuted. If your teen is inclined that way, you may want to discuss this with them.