11/5/15 2:00 AM
The wonderful old Baltimore Catechism tells us that we were made to know and love God, to serve him in this life, and to be happy with him forever in the next. The world’s obsession with material goods and self-centered fulfillment aside, God’s plan is a radical one full of meaning and glory. But that doesn’t really tell us why he made us in the first place. Was he lonely? Was he bored? Did he feel incomplete? When we look at a night sky or at some of the many exquisite photos of nebulas, solar systems, and planets that technology so wondrously reveals to us, we might imagine that God was merely amusing himself when he called each star into existence (see Psalm 33:6); that he felt the need to stretch his creative muscles when he splashed his dazzling creations across the newborn universe; that in the infinite expanse of his solitude he needed something new and exciting to play with, so he conceived a vast multitude of living creatures in various shapes and sizes, culminating in humanity.