To me, life is a most amazing thing! Every time I take a moment to sit and be present, I am fascinated by this thing we call life. The realization that I am a living, breathing, moving, seeing, feeling being is mind-blowing to me! To acknowledge that I was nothing, made from the dust of the earth, but now I have thoughts and desires; I laugh and cry; I eat and sleep; I work and play…
I often find myself exclaiming, “What is life!”
Life is a privilege many take for granted. And yet, why are we here? Why did God create us? Especially knowing that we would reject Him and partake in evil deeds, knowing that there would be world-wide injustice, pain, and death, why would God allow this all to come to past?
In the Book of Ephesians, Paul discusses how the age of this world is controlled by the devil. He explains in chapter two that we are groomed to be disobedient to the will of God. We are both naturally inclined to sin against God (because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve), and encouraged by society to fulfill the corrupt desires of our flesh and carnal mind.
So why would God create Adam and Eve, knowing that humanity would fall and we would all end up in such a sinful state? Why would He allow Satan to tempt and deceive humanity? Why give the devil room to destruct and corrupt? Why allow evil? Why create a people that would make Him grieve and cause Him to send His only Son to die for them?
Paul explains that God’s will is to create all things in Christ. He would hide this truth from the beginning of the world. Even the angels and demons would not see God’s purpose to make Christ the head over all things created (Eph 3:8-12).
Having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance…that we should be to the praise of His glory. (Eph 1:9-12)
It seems to me that the answer is that it is all “to the praise of His Glory.” Our reason for existing is to glorify Him! We are to praise Him for our lives for the rest of our lives! Our purpose is to see how amazing God is and His Son! It is to see how unsearchable His love is to redeem us, to trade His glory for us and take our places, to become sin, to experience death! To love us while we were in opposition to Him! We will even see the magnificence of His glory in his patience and final punishment of evil. Even with the reality of Hell, when God shows His wrath, He further shows His power over all things and His mercy towards those who believe. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. Amen!
(Read the first three chapters of Ephesians and also note that part of the mystery Paul describes is the extension of the Abrahamic covenant and promise to gentiles.)