Why did God create the world?
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
One thing’s for sure – it wasn’t because he was lonely. God is one God in three persons. A Tri-unity. Trinity.
Before creating, this divine community lacked nothing.
Father, Son and Spirit loved each other and glorified each other (John 17:24). This other-centred love was at the heart of God’s glory. It gave them joy.
It was good.
This is what God called the world, and us, when he created. “Very good” (Genesis 1:31).
Do you see what’s going on?
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
Just as God’s glory was shared between Father, Son and Spirit, when God created, this glory overflowed to become visible. Touchable. Taste-able. Hear-able.
The world as God created was like a mirror reflecting God’s glorious character back at him.
Fruit, Oreos and honey reveal the sweetness and satisfaction of God. The skies, stars and seas display his power.
The green grass, pink sunset and Neptune’s blue exhibit God’s beauty. Our communities, marriages and friendships reveal his faithful, other-centred character.
But it gets better.
God gave us eyes and ears, hearts and minds so that we’d share in his glory. So that we’d share in the joy he’s always had within himself.
So that when we open our eyes, ears, minds, mouths and hearts to receive this gift, we’d have one response.
Glory be to God!
By tasting and seeing God’s love for us we’d heap praise on him – just like the Father, Son and Spirit have been doing forever.
By our praise and worship of God, we’d participate in the divine community.
So this is why God created the world - for his glory and our joy.