Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
I was talking to a friend on New Year's Eve, when the topic turned to God. It wasn't long until a good question came up. "If God has a purpose for everything, and the universe is so large that we cannot see the end of it, what is the purpose of the rest of the universe? Why wouldn't God simply create the Milky Way Galaxy and be done with it?" My friend has asked a good question.
What about the other galaxies, stars, and planets? What is their purpose? The answer to that is simple. You can learn something about a worker by the work of his hands. You can learn something about an artist by looking at the artwork they produce. In the same way, we can see creation, and tell something about the Creator.
Look at the incredible design of the universe. Look at the care that our Creator took in creating the universe. Yet even when we look at the handiwork of our Creator, we know that there is even more that we do not know.
To study God's creation is truly a blessing. Those who study God's creation have an opportunity to see the work of our Creator firsthand. When we study a branch of science (biology, botany, physics, chemistry, etc.), we know that we would not even have an opportunity to do so if God had not created the universe. However, it is not only the scientific realm that owes its existence to God. It is literally everything we could possibly study! This includes history, philosophy, and mathematics. It also includes anything else that is not included in this paragraph!
The purpose of the rest of the universe is so that we can see God's handiwork, and then glorify Him. Each night, we can go outside and look at the stars. We can study history and see God's hand working in various situations. We can study mathematics and see the cohesiveness with which our Creator designed the universe. We can catch a slight glimpse, but only a glimpse, of the majesty, splendor, and intellect of the Creator of the universe.
In summary, whenever we are given an opportunity to learn, we should consider it a blessing. God is giving us an opportunity to study what He has done. If you are studying science, consider it a calling, and use it to glorify the One Who already knew the answers before you were born. If you are studying history, look for God's hand in the story of history. God has given us an opportunity to see His work, and to