But who is able to build a temple for Him, since even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Him? Who am I then that I should build a temple for Him except as a place to burn incense before Him? – 2 Chronicles 2:6
One of the funniest scenes (at least for me) in an “Avengers” movie is when the primary antagonist (evil guy) faces off with The Hulk (aka, Bruce Banner) demanding that he be worshiped as a god (due to his own invincibility and greatness). The Hulk responded to this claim by thrashing the guy around like a limp dish rag … but here is the funny part. As he left the scene, the Hulk looked at the guy (lying there in a crumpled heap) and pronounced, “Puny god.” So true.
My God is not puny. Is yours?
At the beginning of his reign, Solomon seemed to be aware of God’s greatness, but later on he seemed to forget it. Is it possible for us to fall into the same trap? God has never been, nor will He ever be contained by or confined to our programs, efforts, agencies, institutions, or structures. Even though our advanced intellectual enterprises are dwarfed by His omniscience, over time we may begin to believe more in our own ability than His … and set ourselves up for a Divine reality check.
God is NOT puny, so maybe we better stop strutting and start bowing.
The angels glorify; men scrutinize: angels raise their voices in praise; men in disputation: they conceal their faces with their wings; but man with a presumptuous gaze would look into Thine unspeakable Glory. – John Chrysostom