Why would a God who knows all things in all ages create a being so troubled as man? Our violence against one another, our greed and our history of inhumanity to man are enough that we can be repulsive even to ourselves so how much more repulsive to God must our fallen civilization be? Why would an all knowing God create such a beast as man?
Isaiah 43:7 tells is that we were made for God’s own glory. We know however, from the history of our species that even by our lower human standards, we have failed miserably to glorify our Creator. We also know from Isaiah 55:11 however, that God’s word shall go out from Him and shall not returned unfulfilled. So when God says we were created to glorify him, we can count on it happening as it is written. God’s word is alive with truth and power beyond our small ability to comprehend. If God says He created us to glorify him, then so shall we do, regardless of how impossible it may seem from our small human perspective.
It pays to remember here that our species is still a babe in the eyes of the Eternal God. Just now in the course of human civilization are we learning not to foul our nest. Just now do we start to suspect that we need not slaughter our siblings from other lands in wars of naked aggression. From our small, mortal perspective the eons of time which it took us to begin knowing these things seems like an eternity. Our failure to glorify God seems obvious. God’s perspective is different however for God already has an eternity of eons behind him and another eternity ahead of him. Looking at it from the divine perspective of eternity then, this small progress we’ve made came in an instant of time, and the fulfillment of our destiny to glorify our God may be only minutes away. It will happen, but it will happen in God’s own good time, not ours.
How shall that glorification of God ultimately take place though? Certainly not through human activity, wisdom or anything that impresses our own fleshy egos. To impress God it must be much bigger than what human civilization can do but still, we know from God’s word that humans will somehow rise to that level. But if not through human achievement, then how shall it occur?
As Jesus was traveling through Samaria enroute to Galilee during his ministry, he stopped at a well to rest while his disciples continued on to a nearby city to buy food. As he waited, he spoke to a Samaritan woman who came to draw water from the well. Jesus impressed her as a great prophet with knowledge of her past; of things which she hadn’t told him and which he shouldn’t have known. He spoke of a type of living water which would end her thirst forevermore and give life everlasting. Christ also spoke to her of the worship of God, how that worship would change in coming times and how the time of such change was already upon them. In this day Christ told her, men would worship God in spirit and truth because God himself is Spirit and as such, true worship must naturally be of the spirit.
Paraphrased from John 4 4:24
Jesus Christ never elaborated on what it really meant to worship God in spirit and truth. The whole idea of worshiping God in spirit and truth ties in nicely though with Isaiah 43:7 where we were it was written that we were created to glorify God. It begs the question, is there really any difference between glorifying God and worshiping Him in spirit and truth, or are both connected in a synonymous way ?
Mankind shall never be able to do God the justice He deserves. We shall never fulfill either of these passages by our own merit. Glorifying God and worshiping Him in spirit and truth are one and the same but neither will happen without God’s active presence, alive within the flesh of men, overwhelming our carnality with His all powerful spirit. In this way, through our material flesh joined with God’s eternal spirit, shall God become increasingly manifest in the fallen, material world. God Kingdom on earth shall manifest itself through us.
This is the ultimate glorification of God spoken of by Isaiah. It is also the true and spiritual worship of God spoken of by Christ because it involves the willing subjugation of our carnal flesh to God’s almighty Spirit. And it answers the question of why God created a being so troubled as man.
Ultimately, through coming ages our fallen species shall gradually become wise enough to abandon our fallen, fleshy ways more and more fully. We shall give over our flesh more completely and slowly become more a creature of Spirit; a creature of God’s own Spirit to be precise.In keeping with the words of Jesus Christ speaking at the well, there is no truer, more spiritual form of worship than to abandon flesh for a better union with God’s Spirit. And in keeping with the words of Isaiah, there can be no better way of giving glory to God than to manifest his presence into this fallen realm by embracing his presence over our fallen selves. If we can do that, God’s Spirit will direct our actions and dealings with one another and the world will never be the same.