Have you ever experienced some marvel of creation and wondered its purpose? Why it exists?
Take a moment to close your eyes and picture one of the most majestic, awe-inspiring natural sites you’ve seen. What do you see? Is it the tunneling depths of the Grand Canyon? The snow-capped heights of Alpine mountains? A wide-open sky painted with the colors of sunset? An emerald meadow dotted with scarlet poppies?
Maybe it’s a curious ant colony which instinctively organizes itself into ultimate efficiency, or a leaf’s hidden cells which are able to mysteriously convert light into biological energy? Or could it be the miracle of a newborn child with the hidden genetic codes of previous generations and all the self-replicating material needed for growth and life.
Is this not evidence of a Supreme Being - of God’s existence, omnipotence, sovereignty?
Creative design. Intelligent design. Purposeful design. But what is its purpose?
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20).
God’s purpose in creation is to reveal Himself: His existence, divinity, supreme power. He is personal and eternal. His wondrous design gives evidence of Who He is. And since God created us as His masterpiece (Eph. 3:10) and to be like Him (Gen 1:27), He has also put eternity in our hearts so that we long to know and love Him, our Creator (Ecc. 3:11a). His creation calls us to seek Him.
God desires that all mankind may grow in knowledge and love for Him and so He provides everything we need to “see” Him clearly and to have with Him a personal relationship. God provides His Word, His Son, and evidence of His character through His magnificent creation. He withholds nothing but provides everything for us to fulfill our purpose: we exist to be loved by Him and like the heavens, to declare His glory (Psalm 19:1).
So, the next time you gaze at the grandeur of the ocean’s waves or examine the intricacies of a flower’s petal, think of how much God loves you and how much He wants you to know Him. He created it all for you!
-Kathi Fritz (a contributing writer and member of the COBI community)