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The Challenge of the Stars

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February 22, 2022 7:00 pm

The Challenge of the Stars

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February 22, 2022 7:00 pm

In the early twentieth century, Italian poet F. T. Marinetti launched Futurism, an artistic movement rejecting the past, scoffing at traditional ideas of beauty, and glorifying instead machinery. In 1909 Marinetti wrote his Manifesto of Futurism, in which he declared “contempt for women,” praised “the blow with the fist,” and asserted, “We want to glorify war.” The manifesto concludes: “Standing on the world’s summit we launch once again our insolent challenge to the stars!”

Five years after Marinetti’s manifesto, modern warfare began in earnest. World War I did not bring glory. Marinetti himself died in 1944. The stars, still in place, took no notice.

King David sang poetically of the stars but with a dramatically different outlook. He wrote, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3–4). David’s question isn’t one of disbelief but of amazed humility. He knew that the God who made this vast cosmos is indeed mindful of us. He notices every detail about us—the good, the bad, the humble, the insolent—even the absurd.

It’s pointless to challenge the stars. Rather, they challenge us to praise our Creator. 

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Friends and welcome to this daily encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional is reading is titled the challenge of the stars, and it was written by Tim Gustavus and in the early 20th century Italian poet FT Marinetti launched futurism and artistic movements that rejected the past scoffed at traditional ideas of beauty and glorified machinery.

Instead, in 1909. Marinetti wrote his manifesto of futurism in which he declared contempt for women praised the blow with the fist and asserted we want to glorify war the manifesto concludes standing on the world summit we launch once again our insolent challenge to the stars.

Five years after Marinetti's manifesto. Modern warfare began in earnest. World War I did not bring glory. Marinetti himself died in 1944 stars still in place. Took no notice.

King David saying poetically of the stars, but with a dramatically different outlook. He wrote in Psalm eight when I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is mankind that you are mindful of them. Human beings that you care for them. David's question is in one of disbelief but of amazed humility. He knew that the God who made the vast cosmos is indeed mindful of us. He notices every detail about us the good the bad the humble the insolent, even the absurd.

It's pointless to challenge the stars. Rather, they challenge us to praise our Creator today is Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is Psalm eight Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory in the heavens through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies to silence the flow and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place. What is mankind that you are mindful of them. Human beings that you care for them.

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands you put everything under their feet all flocks and herds and the animals of the wild. The birds in the sky and the fish in the sea. All that swim the paths of the seas, Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name, all the earth. Let's pray heavenly father. We acknowledge your love for us with feelings of amazement, humility, and we praise you for your amazing creation through which you sustain all of life and give us joy and purpose. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening, Steven, and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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