God’s Sovereignty over Man’s Existence

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Why do I exist?

I’ve been thinking this week much about our country or nation as we call it; America the beautiful and under God as has been said by many for many years. It was founded on the basis of a group of people who were God centered in their life and hope for the future. They came here from a foreign country so that they could carry on a life dedicated to God in all that they did.

In my thinking I recalled that in the middle 1970’s I walked across a parking lot at Pease AFB, New Hampshire wondering in thought: “Why do I exist?”, “Why am I here?”, “How am I benefiting other people?”. At the time I was assigned to the Air Force Office of Investigation as a technical investigator. We looked for things that would bring harm to our nation from those we knew as our enemies so that our country could ontinue to exist as it was constituted. A nation of people dedicated to working together for a common good. Yes I’ve been thinking, but the thought that was foremost in that thinking was, “Why do I exist?”. Have you ever ask that question? I suspect you have at one time or another. Probably in difficult times especially. It certainly has in my mind.

I believe that all of us look inside ourselves at times and wonder why we are on this earth. We live life day to day. We get up in the morning and get ready for the day. Maybe we are getting kids ready for school or preparing for what we know will be a long day at the office, or maybe we had a fight with parent or spouse yesterday and we still are dealing with that. We may get around to wondering, “Why in the world am I here?”. I just get tired of all this dealing with people and life—things necessary for existence. See, there is the old “Why do I exist?” thought. The “Why do I exist?” thought is probably the most important thought of one’s life. As a teenager or young adult, a career choice supersedes almost everything in our life except choosing a mate. But within seeking a career is the “Why do I exist?”, because vocation is wrapped up in our person hood. Goals and dreams rest upon the desire to be worthwhile. One’s “worthwhileness” comes out of why one exists. In the late 1960’s and 1970’s a philosophical approach to life was existentialism. Existentialism comes from the question “Why do I exist?” Much energy was expended by the hippie movement in discovering meaning (existentialism) in life. I heard the statement “I’ve got to find meaning.” or “I need to find myself.” After hearing these statements, I thought how ridiculous it was—the idea of finding one’s self. Sometimes I would say, “You’re here so you are not lost,” as a little humor, and hopefully the person would think about what they had said. I share this to point out that ever since life was created by God, the question of “Why do I exist?” was in the human mind. Whether we consciously or unconsciously raise the question, the question is always there.

As a young person and Christian I grew up wondering why God created me. That thought is closely tied to “Why do I exist?” I asked church leaders, theologians, teachers, and pastors why God created us. The answer I always got was “To have a relationship with Him.” Even at seminary I got the standard answer, “To have a relationship with Him.” And for almost fifty years that was the standard answer I would give to others when they raised the question. Theologians wrote books on the reason we were created. They said we were created to have a relationship with God. Being a God of love, He needed someone to relate to Him. Children would be told in Sunday school, and still are, that they were created to have a relationship with God. My life was based on trying to have a relationship with God. I had to do all the right things to have an intimate relationship. After all a relationship requires equal effort on the part of two peoples who mutually strive for the goal of relating. That is the way I saw life with God. It was just a relationship.

All that changed in the year of 2001. As I read the Bible one day it was as though a ton of bricks hit me with the thought “We exist to glorify God.” Wow! I had never been told that. When that thought flooded my mind the release and relief were incomprehensible and joy overcame me. The pressure was off. No more did I have to sweat the relationship thing. All I had to do was make Him look good and not be concerned about me being seen as worthwhile. It was Him as worthy. It was Him all glorious. I could throw away the pride thing. I didn’t have anything to add to relationship. I could stop focusing on what I could do for a relationship with Him. In fact all I had to do was focus on getting to know Him and making Him look good. And the most wonderful thing about that was that He had the power to give me whatever I needed to glorify and bring honor to Him. Wow!! What a relief. No more trying to look good to other people so they would think I was Christian, but just getting up each day and saying, “Lord help me glorify you today.” I could stop thinking that I was somebody to be seen as having self esteem. All I had to do was to look to Him as my Creator who was holy, righteous, just, merciful, gracious, and loving. That is all I needed to see and think about. WHAT A RELIEF. God I saw was the supreme sovereign of the universe and I didn’t have to worry about a relationship. Just surrender moment by moment and focus on Him as the Provider of all things. Any relationship that I had with God had to be based on a Creator to created relationship. That meant a servant relating to a master, and He did not need a relationship with me. He was and is self sufficient within the God head of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit without the need for Dewey Wise. When I came to that, (I’ll give you some scripture references shortly), I stopped telling people we were to have a relationship with God. Now there is some truth in that but the reason for our existence is to glorify Him in all that we do or say. If our thinking is that we are supposed to have a relationship with Him then we will put ourselves on a level with God that He never intended. That level is called pride. We think that we have something to contribute to this earthly life, even to God, and we spend a lifetime searching for meaning (Why we exist). He made us for His glory and His alone and not ours. He is the Great Sovereign of the universe and I am only one little finite created being before Holy God. His glory and His alone is all that matters. When you and I come to that way of thinking all else in our lives will be OK and focused properly.

Won’t you join me in the joy of glorifying the Great King of the Universe that He has created?

To support all that I’ve said about why we exist, start with Isaiah 43:7. This is what God says in Isa 43:7: everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Then do a word search using the words glory or glorify and the phrase name sake in the Bible.

Here is one statement from Paul in Romans regarding our purpose.

Rom 15:5 May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,

Rom 15:6 that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 15:7 Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God

And another in 1 Co 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Before I close may I make a statement and ask some of questions? We see many times the sign, John 3:16. I’m sure we can quote that without stumbling. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Questions: Does God love us humans because of some intrinsic worth? Does He need to love us? If He does is He God? Think about these.

May your life be blessed.

Soli Deo Gloria

In Him,

Dewey Wise, a sinner saved by His grace

March 31, 2009

P.S. I wrote a little paper a couple of years ago regarding God’s glory. It is about 9 pages so if you have a desire for it please let me know (email address: hopefruit@bayspringstel.net or deweywise@bayspringstel.net) and I will send you either a paper copy by mail or email it to you. I would get great pleasure from providing you with what His Word says and knowing that someone had a desire to Glorify Him who is our Great Redeemer.

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