“For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” vs. 5
Our ancestors in the faith, whose stories and insights we read in our scriptures, knew that the gods of the peoples around them were no gods at all. Those household, tribal, and national deities were the products of human imagination and had no power. They had no existence beyond their images and outside their temples. The true God, the God worshipped by the Israelites, was the maker of the heavens and the earth, the author of all existence. This God could not be contained in a building or even captured in a creed. The God of Israel was the Lord of the universe and defied human understanding. We who are their descendents in faith continue to regularly offer praise and thanks to that God with one caveat. We say that in Jesus we catch a personal glimpse of the omnipotent God’s loving heart! That may not seem like much of an addition, but really it’s big deal! It means we don’t have to struggle to figure out God and develop some sort of philosophical and theological description. We don’t have to construct a god for ourselves or imagine some sort of primal goddess. We don’t even have to argue about the nuances of some human designed creed. For us it’s enough to know that in God there is love, and in that knowledge there is amazing peace.
Thought for the Day: Why can’t we understand God?