Here’s an excellent one from Lee! Take time to ponder on this as you read it. Be blessed! -anita
WHY DID GOD CREATE THIS EARTH?
As I was praying recently, as so often happens, a thought came to me out of nowhere. My thought: “Why did God create this earth and the people in it? And why in this particular place at this particular time?”
As I thought about this, it came to my mind that God seems to have created this earth, in part, as a safe place for mankind to live and thrive. Ps 155:16 says: “The heavens are the heavens of the Lord; but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” And in Rev 4:11 we read: “…for You [God] created all things, and they exist because You created what You pleased.” In Acts 17:25 the Bible says “…neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything….”
Now certainly God has shown His great power in creating all there is, and He is certainly worthy of our constant praise for doing so. Rev 4:11 quoted above also says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power.”
I’m rather amused as I read in the news from time to time that science has found some possible evidence of life on other planets. My first thought is: “So what; God can do anything He pleases!” Then my rational mind kicks in and I think along these lines: Light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. The nearest star to us (besides the sun) is Proxima Centauri and it is 4.24 light-years away (my assumption here is that planets orbit stars just as earth does). Since a light year is about 6 trillion miles in distance, that puts the next star some 25.44 trillion miles from us. Now the International Space Station orbits earth at 17,150 mph. If we were to set the space station (or other space-worthy vehicle) on a course to Proxima Centauri it would take that vehicle 61,666,666 days to reach that star. Since a typical 75-year life is about 27,300 days, the space traveler would be long dead before ever reaching the goal of visiting that star. So what’s my point?
Maybe God did put life on another planet, but I rather doubt it. He made mankind in the image of the trinity [Gen 1:26], and He sent His Son to die to reconcile us (make peace) with Himself. I can’t even fathom a scenario where Jesus has to atone more than once for sinful creatures like us. In fact I find that thought beyond offensive and distasteful! But, assuming God did in fact create another place where some form of living beings exist, they are so far away, I doubt it’s possible for us to ever interact with them. And for what purpose if we ever did encounter other created beings? Maybe we could compare notes on what God has done for us!
So here we are, effectively isolated in this vast universe. And whether we admit to the existence of God or not, we ultimately are completely and totally reliant on Him to even exist in what is clearly a violent and dangerous universe (lack of oxygen, massive temperature variations, radiation damage/mutations, and potential collisions with bodies such as meteorites are just some of the deadly elements found in space).
It seems to me that God has created this Eden-like place we call Earth just for us to be safe in. The fact that we have been alive here successfully for some several thousand years [see Genesis] appears to be evidence of that fact. And the dangerous character of outer space aside, the earth itself has some dangerous potential: hurricanes, volcanic calderas like the one in northern Wyoming, tsunamis, among others, all dictate that at some point the earth may also become uninhabitable.
Yet, year after year, God allows us to live here. Rom 5:8 says that while we were still sinners, Jesus died for us. In Ephesians 1:4-5 we read that God chose us in love even before the foundation of the world. Maybe we can deduce that God loves us and wants to keep us safe while we learn to love Him back.