Why God Does Everything He Does

Desiring God | 10/4/2019 | Joe Rigney
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Most Christians are not surprised to hear that God commands us to do all to his glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). What is unnerving to many, however, is to discover that God does everything he does to his own glory. For some of us, we may be happy to live for God’s glory, provided that God reciprocates. We will center our lives on him, provided he centers his life on us.

But God is no idolater; he will have no other gods before him. And one of the most bracing and clarifying and (counterintuitively) steadying things we can do is to rehearse what God himself has told us in Scripture about why he does everything that he does. He is the most God-centered person in the universe, and when we come to see this as good news — that our eternal joy rests on the unshakable foundation of his own God-centeredness — it can make us the most fearless, and happy, people on the planet.

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Walk with me from eternity past to eternity future, and let your spiritual lungs fill with the unnerving, and then stabilizing, God-centeredness of God.

Why did God, from before the foundation of the world, choose a people to be holy and predestine those people to be adopted into his family? So that the glory of his grace might be praised. In fact, two more times in Ephesians 1:3–14, Paul accents that all of God’s saving acts are designed to call forth praise for his glory (“to the praise of his glory” Ephesians 1:12, 14).

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Why did God make the heavens in the way he did, with a sun that blazes triumphantly across the sky and with billions of stars to bedeck the night? In order to declare his glory. And the heavens are not unique. All of creation declares the...
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