The Gap Theory

I recently visited a hydro-electric power station in the state of Odisha in Eastern India. It uses the potential energy of water stored behind the dam to produce power. Higher the dam, more the power. If we take a closer look, this principle applies to something that we do on a daily basis – worship.  


Potential difference or gap is needed for any type of flow – be it electrical current through a wire or water through a tap from an overhead tank. More the potential difference across the two points, more the flow. The same principle somehow works in us too – the more an object or person is great and majestic in our eyes, the more we are held in awe. Worship is something that comes naturally to us. In fact, to be a human is to be a worshiper.

David Wallace, was right when he said, “There is nothing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what we worship.

So if worshiping is fundamental to human nature, the right question to ask then is, who or what deserves our worship? Many admire and worship sports stars or movie stars; some worship art and success while others worship ideologies.

Come to think of it, God, by whom and through him and for whom all things exist, is the only one worthy of our worship.

But two things need to happen if we are really to worship God – Firstly, we need to realise how majestic and holy and beautiful and exalted God is. The Bible says that the heavens declare the glory of God.* It also tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by him!**

So whether it is the telescope or the microscope, what we find at the other end is the artful masterpiece of an intelligent designer!

Secondly, we need to know the reality of our own nature – how imperfect and feeble and insufficient we are by ourselves. The more we think about this gap, the more we will be  able to worship.

But that’s where the problem lies! We often get it all reversed! We are too self-centred and obsessed with ourselves that we end up worshiping the creation rather than the creator of all. But if we take moment and look beyond us and think about this all powerful Creator, we will be humbled.

The more we gaze at God’s infinite beauty and wisdom, the more we will realise how small and finite we really are.  

I pray that our eyes will catch a clearer glimpse of the glory of God and his love for us through Jesus Christ.


 *Psalms 19:1 | **Psalms 139:14

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