It is selfish and very short sighted for man to think that he was created for himself. Although it is true that man is the apple of God’s eye and everything was created for man. God gave man, “dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:26). God gave all of creation to man.
But do you realize that man was created specifically for God?
“This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise” (Isaiah 43:21).
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7).
Man was formed and created for God. We are to glorify Him and show forth praise.
The miracle and majesty of God and creation becomes evident when we examine how personal and intricate it is. Often times we think in terms that are too abstract. God is very, “hands on” and “up close and personal” when it comes to forming, designing and creating each and every one of us.
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee” (Psalm 139:13-18).
God stitches us together in our mother’s womb. He knows our every heart and heartbeat, every soul and being even before we were, “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Before we were made he had the design and finished product all written out. God knows everything. He has a master plan to build and a master purpose for each life.
God made us. God is in us. God has a plan for us. “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate” (Romans 8:29).
“The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord” (Proverbs 16:1)
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13)
“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23)
There are no random moments or fortuitous events. Even what may appear to be “fate” or “chance” are actually in control of God.
“The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord” (Proverbs 16:33).
God is in control of everything. Nothing happens, good or bad without God. We find out in Job 1 that the devil himself is incapable of anything if first God doesn’t allow it.
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things” (Isaiah 45:7).
God is in control. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
So what is that purpose? “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
Our purpose is to praise and glorify God. He has put us on the path of salvation and righteousness to take on the characteristics and attributes of His Son, Jesus Christ. To sin is a willful act of disobedience. It is a choice to get out of the way, to alter course away from the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person in Christ Jesus.
If we obey God, allow His Spirit to union with our spirit, stay in the path of righteousness and pray to the Father for help and guidance then, all things will work together for good! This is our purpose.
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