Advent Attitudes: Daily Devotions
December 21, 2019
II Samuel 7:23-29 New American Standard Version (NASB)
22 “How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 23 And who is like your people Israel—the one nation on earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself, and to perform great and awesome wonders by driving out nations and their gods from before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt? 24 You have established your people Israel as your very own forever, and you, Lord, have become their God.
25 “And now, Lord God, keep forever the promise you have made concerning your servant and his house. Do as you promised, 26 so that your name will be great forever. Then people will say, ‘The Lord Almighty is God over Israel!’ And the house of your servant David will be established in your sight.
27 “Lord Almighty, God of Israel, you have revealed this to your servant, saying, ‘I will build a house for you.’ So your servant has found courage to pray this prayer to you. 28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 29 Now be pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Sovereign Lord, have spoken, and with your blessing the house of your servant will be blessed forever.”
Up until the late 1500’s, it was widely believed that the earth was the center of the universe with the sun, moon and planets all revolving around it. In 1543, Nicholas Copernicus came up with the idea of “heliocentrism” meaning the sun was the center of the universe and earth was just one of the planets that revolved around it. It was slow to adoption, even within the scientific community.
One man, an Italian monk named Giordano Bruno, believed Copernicus’ theory to be true and even expanded on it. He believed just as there was no end to God, there was, likewise, no end to the universe. When he presented these ideas (and others) to the Church, he was censured, stripped of his position as a monk and eventually imprisoned on charges of heresy. At his trial, when questioned about his controversial beliefs, he simply replied:
“Your God is too small.”
In today’s passage, King David reminds us that:
· God is great & sovereign and there is no God but Him (vs. 22)
· God went out to redeem as a people for Himself (vs. 23)
· God performed great and awesome wonders (vs. 23)
· God’s “covenants are trustworthy” (vs. 28)
David was able to write these things about God because David’s God was not too small. When you’ve seen your God slay a giant, redeem a people and perform great and awesome wonders, you start to realize that your God is bigger than the problems you face.
Ten years after Bruno’s death, a man named Galileo Galilei focused his telescope on Jupiter and discovered that it had four small bodies in orbit around it. The discovery of these moons was the beginning of the recognition that Bruno was, in fact, correct.
The church’s view of God was indeed too small.