SEAM – Why Did God Make Us?Posted: May 16, 2011
SEAM stands for Something Ezra Asked Me. Appropriate, since just when I think I have things all sewn up, he asks me a question and it all comes apart.
My son and I have a deal – Monday is question day. Each Monday, the goal is that he will ask, and I will answer, some question that he has about God, Jesus, the Bible, etc. Of course, he can ask me a question about anything, anytime. And we’re not legalistic about it – if he doesn’t have a question one week, we’re both quite confident that he’ll have three questions the next. But pretty much every Monday, we get into a great conversation about some very interesting spiritual topics based on his questions. Since we started doing this – about 8 months or so now – I’ve found these particular talks to be encouraging, uplifting, and challenging.
And humbling. Oh yes, very humbling. In fact, is there anything more humbling to a young preacher than a question asked out of the boundless curiosity, keen insight, and matchless simplicity of a precocious 11-year-old? Questions have ranged from exegetical (“Dad, what’s Paul saying about the law in Romans 7?”) to textual (“Dad, what’s up with Deutero-Isaiah?”); from profoundly simple (“Dad, how do you obtain the grace of God?”) to the maddeningly complex (“Dad, why did God say thou shalt not murder and then tell Israel to fight so many wars?”) – humbling questions all.
Today’s question threw me a bit: Dad, why did God make us?
The way I’ve heard the question answered before – and indeed, the way I answered it today – takes the original question and turns it into what did God make us to do? Another important question, but I don’t know if it’s the same. In any case, we reflected on Ecclesiastes 12:13, Isaiah 43:7, and Revelation 4:11, which collectively suggest that we were created to please, honor, and glorify God. I think that’s an important concept to grasp – we don’t live for ourselves, but for the God that created us. Our purpose in life is to please Him. If my son grows up with that lesson planted in his heart – if it blossoms and grows into a life of trusting faith and fruitful service – then I’ll be happy.
But, still… why?
Why did God choose to create us, knowing the heartache that we would put Him through? Some might say for love – yet surely God doesn’t need our love. The love between the Father, Son, and Spirit is greater than anything we can fathom, much less offer, and has been in place for all eternity. Our adoration and praise – how much better can we really do than the angels? Who knows? I don’t have all the answers, but I sure am glad my son is asking questions. More to follow in coming days, but in the meantime I have one for you:
How would you answer a child who asks you why God made us?