Colossians 1:16 (MSG)
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.
I recently had a conversation with someone who is an atheist, who told me they had discovered a rational explanation for how well designed and ordered the universe is. They told me about their discovery of panpsychism, the notion that the universe has a consciousness and has therefore been able to design itself since it all came into existence 4.7 billion years ago with the big bang.
I have since done some reading into this theory and I have discovered that it has legitimate philosophical and scientific publications written about it.
All the same, the idea that the universe created itself and then designed itself for no clear reason or purpose is philosophically challenging to me. It seems more plausible from where I stand that a great, all-powerful all-loving God, would create a carefully designed universe, with a clear purpose.
On reflecting on today’s verse, I believe that God’s purpose for creating the universe can be found in only one place– IN HIM. That is, it can’t just be learned from reading, but it must be imparted in relationship.
Lord, I thank you that I exist for the praise of Your glorious grace. May I seek to know and understand this deeper and wider and longer as I set out on this adventure over the next 6 weeks to truly discover what on earth I am here for.
Written by Ps Justin Ware