“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” Genesis 1:1.

In a few simple words, the Scriptures reveal that every star and galaxy, every atom and whiff of dust, every stretch of space was there, and before that, was not. There was a time when there was not even time. There was only God.

That in the beginning, God created the world out of nothing leads to this inescapable conclusion: God must know the end. And every event in between.

Now this consequence may not be apparent at first. Quite a few people claim that God cannot know the future, saying that man has a free will that can choose any option it desires. How can God predict exactly what man will do? In fact, some people say that the failings of mankind illustrate how God’s plan to bring man into fellowship with Himself did not work, and thus He could not have seen the future implications of what man would do. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the Creator supposedly was sorrowfully surprised and had to devise a new plan in order to fix the soiled world. He chose Israel among the nations and gave them strict rules of righteousness, bristling with the utter holiness of God. Israel woefully failed again and again. So God supposedly “learned” from these experiences and changed course in the New Testament. And now God is waiting for and hoping that men will respond to His new message. Certainly, they say, God could not have known the future, for why else did He make all these “mistakes” in His plan?

This idea is totally un-Biblical and even irrational. For when a smart scientist invents a machine, he knows exactly how it works and its strong and weak points. He must know because he was the one to fit together its beams and nail in the bolts. So also God must know every cranny and instinct of his creation. However, one may object that an invention sometimes acts contrary to the predictions and expectations of its inventor. But such mishaps can happen because the inventor did not know enough about the natural properties and laws governing the materials and energies of his invention. He cannot always predict what his machine will do because it is made of parts which he himself did not make. If the scientist created every part from nothing, then he would know all there is to know about his invention. Nothing about it can surprise him.

But God is not like the inventor; every aspect of the machinations of the universe were set up by Him alone, from nothing. How can anything go against His will when He knows everything’s exact dimensions and abilities? If there are no “foreign” elements in God’s creation, how can anything transgress the function it was given to perform by God? Since all the parts were created by only one Inventor, then He must know precisely what His invention will do. It is logically impossible otherwise.

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen” Romans 11:36.

Thus, everything is happening according to God’s grand plan, and God knows exactly what will transpire in the future because He planned the future. He created everything in just the right way so that the laws of nature and the instincts of man will lead history to one inescapable, glorious conclusion. When He formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth, He knew that eventually, the desires of their hearts would lead them to sin. God could have created their wills differently, totally unable to think or do wickedness. In fact, He could have just left out the tree of the knowledge of good and evil from Eden, and none of the messes of man would have even started. He could have created Satan to have a will that desired only Him, and then no heavenly rebellion would have been possible.

But God did not create this world so that He could be a great Genie or because He was bored or needed anything. In the overflow of His triune, everlasting, unfathomable inner joy, He created man and the angels. He planned that evil and suffering would enter His perfect world because He has planned a divine Story. He designed from before the beginning that He would come to earth and take up human form, to be the perfect Redeemer of sinners that have yet to exist. He has created the universe the way it is so He can show His incomprehensible glory. He has created the angels as watchers and participants in a Play situated upon a little planet circling a star among billions, in a galaxy among trillions.

“For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men” I Corinthians 4:9.

For though the angels can see His majesty without impediment, they have never experienced His mercy, His loving, unfathomable grace.

“Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into” I Peter 1:12.

The angels are watching as the pages unfold upon earth, as God’s wisdom and power clash with evil, as God’s righteous wrath is revealed against sin, and God’s love and mercy are showered upon undeserving sinners. They are watching as the Author weaves His theme in the lives of men, the characters in the Story. Some characters have been chosen to be the good guys, others as the bad guys; some characters play a little role; others appear again and again. But the purpose of everything is one: to glorify God, the only One worthy of glory.

Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory” Romans 9:21-23.

We sometimes wonder why life does not seem to make sense. But we are only a little part of the plan; God sees the whole plot. We only see the present conflict, seemingly impossible to solve. But God has already written the end. He has already worked out all the twists in between. We can rest in assurance and peace, for Good will triumph in His Story.

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