Listen to Nancy’s answer recorded live on Moody radio, here:
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:1, 3,4)
God created the Universe to provide the perfect place for men, women, and God to live and enjoy each other forever. The beauty of God’s creation is beyond human understanding. We have all seen pictures from the Hubble telescope that show the most glorious forms and colors that take our breath away. What we see as God’s daily reminder of how much He loves us by giving us gifts in the form of sunrises and sunsets, shooting stars that light up the sky, and placement of the stars that can guide us by night.
Perhaps the most significant reason that God created such a place for us on planet Earth, is that He wanted to live in perfect eternal harmony forever with His creation. After God completed making and filling His beautiful Earth, He declared that it was “good”. Then He created man and woman to live in this Heaven-like place, He declared that it was “very good.” I imagine He was thinking of each of us as He created the world and planning who would inhabit it.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved” (Ephesians 4:3-6).
Then the first man and women disobeyed God, and there was sin, resulting in a broken relationship with their Lord. The consequences for their sin were grave. No doubt, as a relational God, God was saddened as well as angry. He could have rightfully given the command, and the Universe would disappear. God didn’t make the Universe because He was bored. The triune God lived in perfect peace with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit from eternity past. He did not need us, so why didn’t He destroy all that He had made? Because when He made Adam and Eve, and all of us who followed them, He created humans in His image to be able to receive the love of God, and to love Him back. Because of the holy nature of God, His holy Son Jesus willingly gave Himself as a sacrifice to pay the price of sinful humans, so that all who believe in His death and resurrection would restore their relationship with the Lord forever!
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Romans 23-25).
God created the Universe because He wants us to know Him and love Him and be in awe of His glory. He made us for His pleasure to enjoy all that He has created, from the sky, to the oceans and to those whom he put in our lives. God wants all of us to worship and obey Him for His glory. He calls us all to come to Him with thanksgiving and our burdens so that He can speak into us and give us peace and hope. He yearns to encourage us, to mend our broken hearts, and to teach us not to be anxious, but to lean on Him and live life, even in this broken world, to the full! “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:28-31).