Did you know that, until about 500 years ago, scientists used to think that Earth was the center of the universe? So, why did this theory, known as Geocentrism, fall out of favor with scientists? Because their solar system measurements were not lining up with reality. It wasn’t until Copernicus, later supported by Galileo and Kepler, postulated that the sun was the center of the universe that calculations began to make sense. That Heliocentric theory (believing that all the other planets rotate around the sun) is considered the most accurate way to view our solar system today.
These scientific theories, and our ever-changing capacity to understand the things we can see, are perfect examples of how re-orienting our thinking affects our ability to grow in the knowledge of God:
I am not the center of the universe. God is.
If I find that my life is not measuring up to God’s standard – standards He established in His Word – it may be that I need to re-orient my thinking so that it is centered around God and not my self. If I am struggling with spiritual disappointment (the feeling that God has somehow let me down), perhaps I need to remember that I am not created to invite God into my life but, rather, God has created me as an invitation to join Him in the things He has purposed for this world.
Let me be transformed by the renewing of my mind and aim for Deo-centric thinking instead of my usual Egocentric way of life.
Changing my thinking from “Who is God to me?” to “Who is God?” can have a dramatic affect on my ability to believe. Once I go from seeking His hand to seeking His face, I’ve traveled only a couple of feet with my eyes but I’ve covered miles within my heart. What’s the difference? The intimacy with which I walk with Him.
I’m no longer standing next to my Father; I’m nestled into the soft spot of His neck.
Knowing who He is and that His nature is not dependent on who I am, I am free to live my life as an offering…for His glory, not my own.
Praise the Lord!
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Let them praise the name of the Lord!
For he commanded and they were created.
And he established them forever and ever;
he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word!
Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
Beasts and all livestock,
creeping things and flying birds!
Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
Young men and maidens together,
old men and children!
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his majesty is above earth and heaven.
He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his saints,
for the people of Israel who are near to him.
Praise the Lord!
—Psalms 148:1-14, ESV
Praise the Lord from the heavens;