The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
On Tuesday, my granddaughter asked me a God-sized question: “If God knew we would sin, why did he create us?” I reassured her that God had a loving plan when he created us. Today, after much thought and prayer, I wrote her this letter:
Yesterday, when we picked you up from school, you were full of questions. They were big questions, God-sized questions. I don’t know the answers to every question, but I can answer them the way Jesus answered the questions that people asked him. He answered their questions by giving them examples and telling stories.
I’m not going to try to answer all your questions at one time, because I would have to write a book to do it. Let’s take your questions one at a time. Today I want to tell you what God has put in my heart to tell you about why He created us.
Your question was: If God knew we would sin, why did he create us? I had to think hard and pray about how to answer this question, but then God gave me the answer: God made us to love Him and other people, and to be loved by Him and by other people.
Why do you think mothers have children? Yes, to love them and to be loved by them. Does it matter that those children might not always obey them? Does it matter that maybe they might have a sick child instead of a healthy child? Does it matter whether that child is smart or not so smart? NO! A good mother or father loves their child no matter what they look, like, what they do, or how smart they are.
That’s what the love of God is like. He loves us no matter what we do. When we sin, He gives us many chances to ask for His forgiveness. Because He knew that sin would be a problem for us, He sent Jesus to die for us, so that our sin would be forgiven once and for all. All we have to do is admit that we are sinners and ask Him to be Lord of our life. You’ve already done that, so Jesus will always be there for you no matter what happens.
Just think! Your mother had you even though she knew she would have to get up at night to feed you. She knew that she would have to work hard to buy food and clothes for you. She knew that sometimes you would be grouchy and you might not always obey her. But she still wanted a child to love. That’s why she had you!
So, if your mother, who is just a human being, could have enough love to do those things for you, why wouldn’t a perfect, kind and loving God not want to create you?
Yes, He created us knowing we would not be perfect, because only He is perfect. He knew we would sin. Isn’t it amazing though, that He still wanted to love us no matter how imperfect we might turn out to be?
We can never fully know the mind of God. If we could, then He would not be God. I hope this helps you to appreciate your mother’s human love for you and God’s everlasting love for you. Life is a beautiful gift God gave you through your parents.
Instead of asking why you were created, just thank God that you are alive and have parents and grandparents who love you. And most of all be grateful that God will always love you.