Why Did God Create the Whole Universe?

From Issue: Discovery 5/1/2004

Dear friends,

Thank you for your recent question. I must tell you though, whenever our Discovery readers write to me and ask “Why did God do this” or “Why didn’t He do that,” I am very careful about what kind of answers I write. We must keep in mind that God revealed to us in the Bible everything He wanted us to know, and everything we need to know, in order to be pleasing to Him. But that does not mean we can know the answer to every single question about God’s actions. We must keep in mind that God’s ways and thoughts are “higher” than our ways and thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). “How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out” (Romans 11:33).

The Bible, however, does give us a clue as to why God created the stars and planets throughout the Universe. In the book of Psalms, David praised God, and wrote about how “the moon and the stars” are the work of His fingers (8:1-4). He then wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (19:1). The heavenly bodies show God’s glory and creative ability. They exist (at least partly) to serve as a proof of God’s existence and His power.

Another reason God created the many hosts of heaven may also have to do with the fact that He knew men would use the stars at night to help them know which direction they were going (Genesis 1:14).

Kayla, Jessica, and Haleigh, thanks again for your question. Remember to keep studying God’s Word!


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