I’d be lying if I said I could articulate a complete answer to this question. I mean, God is beyond our understanding, so we will never fully understand the why of God. Still, it bears pondering.
I believe God created us for his glory and for his purposes. This is the firsts conundrum. If he created us for him and his glory, why did he give us freewill? From the human perspective, one who is all-powerful can force things to happen. In the human way, power means dominance. God is not dominate. So, somehow in the tangled webs we weave, he has to be glorified. His purposes have to be fulfilled. Hmm.
In addition, God created us for our bliss. This is the second conundrum. If he created us for joy and peace, why do so few attain this purpose? The answer, there is too much evil in the world.
Let’s step back and talk about evil. Some would point to the devil and blame him for evil. While true, it isn’t the full truth. The creation story tells us that evil is our own attempts to be God-like. Yes, Satan tempted them, but they freely chose to eat. They ate because they wanted to know what God knew. This interrupted their dependence on God, their dependence on him to provide what they needed when they needed it. The result is, humans throughout history, including today, still seek our own will, our own way, our own perceived path to happiness.
As I ponder these contradictions and truths, I see that God really is beyond our understanding. His purpose has to be fulfilled. Otherwise, he would not have created us. He knew each and every decision we would make along the way, and still, he gave us life. He knew what challenges we would face, and he knew how those would lead to our ultimate fulfillment, and to his ultimate glory.
Spend some time today pondering the conundrums of the meaning of life. Invite the Holy Spirit into your musings, and ask him to give you insight. Pray that he shine light in your darkness, in the places where you are living in human ways instead of in the fullness of love and truth. Spend some time thanking him and praising him for his wisdom and grace. Spend some time holding onto your faith, a faith that promises that ultimately, all things will be for the good for those of us who believe.
Ms. Debra D. Weldon, OP