“Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies.” vs. 34
There’s no doubt that when Israelites saw thunder and lightning, they marveled at the raw energy and strength of their awesome God. Regularly they sang praises to the dynamism exhibited in nature and gave thanks that such a God was the Lord of Israel. In our time, most would dismiss such notions as being pre-scientific and no longer see the hand of God revealed in hurricanes or tornados. Some would even say that the rapid advances in scientific knowledge have even made belief in God obsolete. In other words, as the gaps in human knowledge have been filled, the need for a God to fill the gaps has been eliminated. Such persons predict that very soon humans will see the light and abandon their primitive superstitions, obviating any need for churches, mosques, or temples. Of course such predictions are based on a false premise, i.e. that the God of Israel was a “god of the gaps.” Such was never the case. Rather, the God of Israel was firmly rooted in the realities of this world and is revealed more fully with every advance in human knowledge. As a result, the more we learn about our universe the more reason there is to praise our amazing God. Indeed the God who was made flesh in Jesus is present in every aspect of our existence. As Paul told the Athenians, “in him we live and move and have our being.”
Thought for the Day: How has my understanding of God changed?