When you think about it, this should be the most obvious thing. After all, long before He brought us into existence, He was, from all eternity. That which was created cannot be more important than the One who created it. What is created exists for the One who created it, not the other way around. The first chapter of the Bible affirms that God created the world for His glory and pleasure: “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31). This is true especially of man, who is made in God’s own image—as we delight in our children, who are made in our image (Gen. 5:1). So, our life should be about God, not about us. Add to this the fact that God is morally obligated to seek His glory above all else because He is the Ultimate and Absolute Good.
I dare say that, if we can truly apply this simple truth, most of our problems with God and the questions we have about His ways will go away. Of course, God is God and finite beings like us can never fully understand an infinite God that He is. But our life will not be characterized by confusion and doubt.
Why do we live our Christian life with so much confusion and doubt, anyway? It’s because our mind and heart are not properly focused. We live in God’s world. He is the center of the universe and everything is designed to revolve around Him! Many people reject that view. Some really believe that they are divine. To believe that, their definition of “divine” has to be quite narrow: it cannot include things like omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence as well as eternity, aseity (self-existent), simplicity (the quality of not being divisible in any way), etc. Many claim that they can do whatever they put their mind to and create their own destiny. And they present their own transformation and success as evidences. But is it true that they can create their own destiny and make things happen simply by willing and applying themselves? They might have tapped into the physical and moral principles, upon which God built this world, and thus are able to accomplish a great deal. But that is a far cry from possessing infinite potential to do whatever they so desire! When they make such horrendous claims, “He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision” (Ps. 2:4). He says, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you…”(Luke 12:20). Then what happens to all their bold, grandiose claims?