Ever wonder why you are here? Why anybody is here?
I’m not talking about “what’s my purpose?”
I’m talking about why did God create us? Man? Woman? You? Me? Adam? Eve?
Why did he create the universe and atoms?
Stars, oceans, continents, apricot trees, corn, squirrels, earthworms?
Did God lack anything? I mean: God’s not lonely. He’s a three-part being.
He’s not needy. He’s self-existent.
Neither Is This the Reason
Is he sadistic and perverted and gets a good chuckle when we suffer? No. The suffering is squarely in our court.
Was he a poor gardener and needed the help of a professional? No. He’s omnipotent and could manage the garden well on his own.
Then what is it? Why would God create us? Care for us?
Even the psalmist expressed confusion over God’s concern for a creature who pales in comparison to the largeness and majesty of nature…yet is exalted as steward of that creation.
This Is the Reason God Created Us
The Westminster Shorter Catechism gives–just a little. It tells us that our chief aim in life is to worship God and enjoy him forever.
Does that mean God is egotistical and relishes human worship?
The issue of why God created man goes to the very core of God’s character and we must go back to the Genesis story to uncover–as best as we can–his purpose.
Here’s what we know: God planted the first man–Adam–in a splendid garden surrounded by a rich, robust world. Yet God saw that it wasn’t good this man was alone.
And So Is This
Next, he told them to be fruitful and multiply. He told them to subdue the earth.
In other words, he blessed them. He gave them life, responsibility and freedom to care for creation.
And from this we can surmise that God gave freely because he himself is self-giving. That is his incorrigible character.
In return he expects us to bless the nations:
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us…that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Psalm 67:1-3
But there’s something else we can surmise out of God’s creation of man and nature and that’s this: He created man because he is a creative being.
And since we are created in his image we also are defined by this same creativity so that the ends of the earth may know him and fear him through our works that proclaim him.
What are you doing with the life, freedom and creativity God freely gave you? Let me know what you think.