Why did God create the earth and all that is in it? In short, He did it for His own glory. Let’s review a couple of passages which help demonstrate this:
- “For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
- “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).
All things occur because God purposes it in the counsel of His will from eternity. All things are held together by God and are for God. The whole earth is His. We are His. And everything that is created is purposefully created to point to God in His glory. “The Heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). In creation, God has made His invisible attributes available for us to see (Romans 1:20).
In addition, humans fulfill God’s purpose to glorify Himself. We are called to live lives that glorify Him (Matthew 5:16; 1 Peter 2:12). We share in God’s glory when we become Christ’s followers. The Holy Spirit transforms us into the image of Jesus through the continuous process of sanctification (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). As we change from glory to glory, we point to God and witness to His majesty on earth. As some men in the past have written, “The chief end of mankind is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Did God create us because He was lonely or wanted to be worshiped?
God created us out of His good pleasure. Though many would say that God created us for fellowship, for worship, or for other reasons, the Bible does not explicitly tell us why God created us beyond for His own glory. We do know that God was not lonely. We see multiple times in Scripture that God was perfectly delighting in Himself. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were in glory from eternity past and were delighting in each other’s presence. At Jesus’ baptism, we see a reference to the Father’s delight in His Son, with whom He is well pleased. When Jesus prays to the Father in John 17, He references the time He spent with the Father before the world began. Jesus was at the Father’s side, just as He is now.
Though God is jealous for His glory and tells us repeatedly to not worship any other god, He does not need our worship. God does not need anything from us. Yet, God is a loving and compassionate God. He seeks to dwell with us. In the Garden of Eden, God walked with us. In Exodus, God gave specific instructions for the construction of the tabernacle so that He could dwell with His people. God pitched His tent with us by taking on human flesh (John 1:14, 17).
God is worthy to receive our honor
God doesn’t need the earth, nor people. But He wanted to create them, and He created something good. Therefore God’s children can join the 24 elders in the book of Revelation in worship:
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)