“…I have created for My glory.” Isaiah 43.7
I don’t know if you’ve ever heard or read Isaiah 43.6-7, the passage I quoted last time. Although I don’t remember when I first came across the idea that God put us here for His glory, I do remember thinking that the quote above was about me or us trying to do things that made God happy or made Him look good, and that this must somehow be the point of the Christian life.
Today I shudder to think I could have been so wrong! I now realize that the way I thought about God then is what drove my misunderstanding of how to live the Christian life. It just illustrates how important it is to let God show us His true self, the very thing He has willed to do all along.
You see when God creates something or someone, that creation by nature is an expression of God’s glory. As a painting reveals the skill and the mind of the painter, God’s creations reveal much about Him. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19.1) God puts His glory in His creations thus enabling them to glory God.
So when we consider “space” – the heavens, the sky – and are overwhelmed with the magnificence or glory of it, take it one step further and consider the One who created it. How utterly Magnificent is the One who created something as magnificent as space!
Now remember that in Isaiah 43.6-7 God is talking about us, His sons and daughters created by Him and bearing His image. He has made us to be glorious creations which gives us the power to glorify Him. Only creations made glorious by God’s creative work can glorify Him. We, you and I, can do this because God put that into us.
The simplicity of this is brilliant and deeply liberating when we come to realize that we don’t have to try to figure out what we can do to make God happy or make Him look good. Like the heavens and the sky, we make Him look good as we learn to be just what He created us to be, the glorious high point of His magnificent creation.
What do you think?