The God-made world - Hope 103.2

The God-made world

By David ReayTuesday 15 Jul 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Psalm 8:1-4

1 O LORD,our Lord,your majestic name fills the earth!
      Your glory is higher than the heavens.
2 You have taught children and infants
      to tell of your strength,
   silencing your enemies
      and all who oppose you.

3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers-
      the moon and the stars you set in place-
4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
      human beings that you should care for them? (NLT)

We might ask why God created the world. Could he not have existed forever in splendid isolation without all the messiness and heartbreak of overseeing a world marred by the very ones he created?

The answer is that God created the world out of love. It is in his very nature to seek relationship. The relationships within the Trinity were not enough: he wanted a wider expression of his love. And so he finally made people like you and me. And we realise very well how costly such love was.

No one told God he had to make the world. He wasn’t pushed into it by anyone. He freely did so out of love. He wanted people to love and so made the people he could love. Planets and asteroids were not enough. Antelopes and aardvarks were not enough. Trees and streams were not enough. Only human beings would do.

We are the products of love,not of chance,not of brute force. We so often ignore or dismiss this love,but it doesn’t extinguish that love. The mighty power that made and now sustains our universe is not so mighty that it does not condescend to love its relatively puny inhabitants. Our maker is also our lover.

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