by Darlene Melcher
“You need but taste and the goodness of our Prince to see His good will for you.” ~ Doors of Destiny
Have you ever wondered why God made you? If He is larger than the universe, and He already had a myriad of angels and all the glorious heavenly realm that we all hope to one day reach, then why did He make this spinning ball with tiny little creatures? Sometimes I catch a glimpse of how grand God is. Like King David, I contemplate, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:3–4).
In light of God’s glory, I often question the need for my own existence. Simply put, an expression of love, through the power of God’s design, results in creation. It is this way with human procreation, and it was thus with God’s original conception of us.
Let’s take a look at the earliest steps in creation for a second to see something we might have missed. Do you know what God did just before He spoke to give light, shape, and form to everything He had brought into being? “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters” (Genesis 1:2, HCSB).
Yes, hovering. Now, we’re not talking about a Mission Impossible kind of hovering, being held away from something you don’t want to touch. And neither are we talking about an intergalactic ship waiting to invade a primitive planet. So, what is this hovering all about? The same word used for hover is used also in Deuteronomy 32:10–12. These verses describe God’s loving guidance with the image of a mother eagle who hovers and flutters over her young and spreads her wings over them. There is a nearness, an intimacy and a tenderness in God’s hovering. Like an eagle preparing a nest for her children, God spoke forth the perfect habitat for His children. “And God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:25b, HCSB).
It was all good. Everything God created was good. Can you imagine looking upon something you created and seeing not one blemish, crack, or spot? No need for improvement—perfection. 1 Timothy 4:4b declares, “For everything created by Go—a plan to create and a plan to relate. A plan to express God’s great glory and love.
Sigh. Don’t you wish you had been there, in paradise? Out of curiosity, do you know what Eden means? The Hebrew word implies pleasure and delight. And all this goodness is an expression of God himself. If our concept of God is not that of a good and loving Creator, then it’s not the God of the Bible that we know.
– Adapted from Doors of Destiny Traveler’s Companion