I want to know how God created this world," Einstein told a young physics student named Esther Salaman in 1925. "I'm not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are just details.
Adam Man, An Overview of the Theory of Everything
Genesis 1:1-3; 2:1-3
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
6 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
Einstein was just one of thousands of scholars and physicists who have been searching for the Grand Unified Theory also known as The Theory of Everything. It is the attempt to formulate a single unifying principle that explains everything. It is the attempt to answer the question posed by German Philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the mid 1600’s: “why is there something rather than nothing?”
As those who believe God has revealed Himself, His purposes and His plans for everything in the 66 Books of the Bible, we have an answer, in fact the answer to that question: Because God created the heaven, the earth, the sea and all that is in them—visible and invisible. The reason there is something rather than nothing is that God brought all things into being.
But we are exploring an even deeper question this final week of our 21 Days of Prayer. I would suggest it is the most important question in life. It is the “why” question: For what purpose, for what reason did God create the heaven, the earth, the sea and all that is in them—visible and invisible?
Can you answer that question without reading the next paragraph? You may want to scroll back up and take a look at the last line of Isaiah 6:3. It is where we will start the week and end the week because it is the reason for everything, including your life and mine.
The reason God created everything is for His glory.
Today, let’s ask God to open the eyes of our hearts to understand what His glory is and why it matters. Ask Him to specifically show you today and in the coming days what it means to live for His glory in the midst of this global coronavirus pandemic. And pray that He would indeed be glorified even in the midst of the losses, the fears and the challenges so many are facing across this world…the world He made, the world that exists for His glory.
Before closing this devotion, take a moment and bring to mind one thing—at this moment—that you are thankful for. And thank God for it.