How has the light of distant stars reached the earth?
The celestial bodies are on the fourth day of creation “set” in the firmament, the same day they give light to the earth. There is neither change of place nor of time.
Creation is an act of God. The rule of natural science is, that from the present motion of any body, the past state may be inferred. Thus, although the stars came into being the fourth day, the past state of the universe may yet be deduced from the present.
The objection that there is not enough time for the light of distant stars to reach the earth may be answered, that God created the stars along with their past. That history includes the motion of these bodies, and the diffusion of their light throughout the universe. And the history of these lights comes into being with them in the moment of creation.
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?” Isaiah 66:1
“Thy throne is of old; thou art from everlasting” Psalm 92:2
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.” Isaiah 55:8-9