This is a question that most people ask at least once in there lives. Some may mean this in a tangible and physical way, while others mean it in a more metaphorical and spiritual way. I know that I have asked this question in both senses on multiple occasions. Currently, I have suffered an extended illness, surgery, and drawn out, tedious recovery. Through out the process I have clung to my God and asked Him to show me what I should take from this and at every point God has not disappointed. He is God and where I am in life does not change that. His plan is always for my good. Jer. 29:11 `For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, `plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope
This; however, is not the level that I want to look at the question of why we are here. When it comes to the question of the origin of all that is, I choose to believe that we were created by a loving and personal God for a reason, but when I look around at the society that we live in I struggle with why. Well, as I have prayed, studied, and meditated on God’s word here is what I have come up with. I hope that my humble ideas bring anyone who reads this the great joy that it does me.
Before “in the beginning” there was God. The holy trinity was perfect in joy and lacked nothing, but as many can attest the more you share your joy the more it multiplies. God decided to create a race of beings that he could share, and therefor multiply, his great joy. Once he created us, he proclaimed that all that existed was very good. Adam and Eve lived in perfect harmony with one another and with God. That is until Satan descended upon us with his evil plot to destroy that joy. He planted seeds of doubt in us about our great God and brought us down into our fallen nature.
God’s original plan for us was to know him personally, vibrantly, supernaturally, and joyfully. The good news of the gospel is that we can! Jesus came to give us life to the full and our greatest fulfillment of the desire of God is that we are truly alive in Him. Your greatest joy grows exponentially when it is shared with those we love. Gods great joy which needed no cause as he IS joy, grows as it is shared. Being so incredibly joyful in and of himself he chose to create us to grow that joy. Satan tries to steal it. Watch the news, he has been successful. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but we can choose life, love, and happiness through our lord. As St. Irenaeus said, “the glory of God is man fully alive”. Being fully spiritually alive gives God great glory and it is that light within us that is the light of the world that Jesus called us to be.
As we move into a new year why don’t we commit to being fully alive in Him? I know that is my goal.