The Copernican Revolution represented a seismic shift in the way that mankind viewed the universe.
Before Nicolaus Copernicus it was accepted that the earth was stationary and that the earth was the centre of the universe. Everything else that man had observed was deemed to revolve around the earth.
Now we are on the other side of the Copernican Revolution, we now accept that the earth is in fact circling very fast around the sun, and that the sun is the centre of the solar system.
Science lesson over. That’s all the celestial knowledge I’ve got!
Can you imagine the shockwaves that ricocheted through the whole of Western Civilisation following this discovery? It follows that if the earth is not the centre of the universe, then neither is mankind and, perhaps, then, maybe, just maybe, neither am I.
What a shift in world view. I need this same shift in world view in my life. Do you?
To a greater or lesser extent, we all naturally position ourselves at the centre of our universe. We consider other people through the lens of “their impact on us”. We love others because they might love us back, or we might get recognition, or it might make us feel good. Everything revolves around us.
Psalm 103 is an incredible Psalm. I suggest you read it today! It says that “we are dust” and that our life is like “grass” and that we “flourish like a flower of the field” but that when the wind blows us over we are gone, and remembered no more. We are not the centre of the universe.
But Psalm 103 also says that God has redeemed us, crowned us with love and compassion, satisfied us with good things and renewed our youth!
I think that somewhere in this tension we find real freedom. It is so liberating to know that we are not the centre of the universe. And it is so liberating to know that God loves us as though we were the centre of the universe.