When I was a young boy I’d sometimes go out into our backyard on warm nights and stare up into the starry expanse. I wondered what it all meant. How far away were those twinkling pinpoints of light in the night sky? What were those worlds like? Was anyone else out there? How did it all come to be? Was there really a God who made it all? What did this have to do with me?
Years later I learned that I wasn’t the only curious stargazer who had looked up at the sparkling nightscape and wondered about my place and purpose in the universe. The biblical King David had beaten me to it by about 3,000 years!
In Psalm 8:2-3 he recorded his own thoughts as he reflected on the brilliant night sky of his time:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” (New International Version, emphasis added throughout).
Those are good questions to ask our Creator. What is man? Considering how insignificant we are in comparison with the vastness and greatness of the universe, why do You care about us?
Indeed, we might wonder about that question now more than at any point in human history—after all, we live in a world in which our very survival is at stake!
A thousand years after David wrote his questions to God, the author of the book of Hebrews—now well aware of the staggering sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah—quoted David’s questions and began providing the astounding answers!
“‘What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor and put everything under his feet.’”
Then he gets to the heart of our place in the universe, our reason for being here: “In putting everything under him [mankind], God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” (Hebrews 2:6-11, NIV).
What do these powerful phrases mean—“God left nothing that is not subject to [mankind] . . . in bringing many sons to glory . . . both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family . . . Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers”?
Nothing could be more critical for you to understand about your future! Nothing else explains why you are here and why you were born! Nothing else offers you the real meaning and purpose of your life!
God has a message for you: The time is now to discover the answers and begin living His purpose for you. Learn the answers and how to begin in this issue!