“But our God is in the heavens; he does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3, NASB)
God is the Creator, the Master, the Sovereign. Before time began, He was. He had no beginning, and He will have no end. He exists outside of time; He controls it and binds it. He is the holy One, the greatest One. As the Trinity, He is perfectly three in One, never alone, able to perfectly love and perfectly communicate. Lacking for nothing. Perfect.
There was no need for him to create humans.
Too often, it seems that people look at themselves and imagine that God would be lonely or incomplete without them, but this is simply not the case. God existed for eternity before creating time and then man, and in all that time He was still perfect. There was no hole in God’s heart because He didn’t have humanity. No, God embodied perfection even without man. Everything He does, He does to His own glory, and because He is perfect He deserves all glory. When He created man, He did so because He knew, in His sovereign wisdom, that in the end He would receive more glory as a result.
Because of this, the Christian must consider this: God does not owe His creation anything. He made everything that exists; if it were not for His abundant mercy, there would be no reason for Him to have left humanity alive anyway after Adam and Eve rebelled against Him. God is the Lord of all, and because of that, He stands supreme. Everything that happens in His world is under His control and for His glory in some way. Even the darkness and most crushing of evil brings glory to Him, in the end, for He is greater—and nothing in human history that happens outside of His design.
So why is it that it’s so common for Christians—and even atheists—to complain that what’s happened to them is unfair? This is not to say that God is a narcissistic dictator—let such thoughts be as far away as possible from the Christian! No, God is the only one worthy of all glory and all dominion and all power. His works are to His glory, and that is as it should be. If He were like the gods of mythology or false religions, He would rule over his people with an iron fist and treat them like pawns. But this is not who He is. God made humanity, but He could have treated them like worthless subjects, unworthy of anything besides maybe the barest minimum. His people are owed nothing, but thanks to His mercy, He is pleased to abundantly bless them.
This is what Christianity comes down to—God’s glory and His mercy. When His creation veered away, the all-powerful, completely sovereign God should have blotted out humanity and started over. But He did not because in the end, it brings more glory to His name for His people to no longer be innocent. If humanity as a whole were just innocent, we would not seek Him in the same way, most likely. Everything would be perfect, and God would still get all praise—but perhaps He gets more praise from the fact that His people who could not save themselves were saved by His blood alone and now cling to Him as their one hope. God is greater than evil. He saves his people from evil. He doesn’t owe them safety, but He gives it anyway.
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name be the glory.” (Psalm 115: 1)