It’s often asked, “If God knew that people were going to sin, why did he create humans?” That’s a good question, but a more thorough question might be…“Why did God create the world at all?”
The best answer is that God created everything for his glory. He created a world that would display his glory most fully and most perfectly. That is to say, every aspect of God’s character could be shown in its most extreme form.
If God had created a world in which no one sinned, what aspects of his character could he have shown? His creative power? His loving-kindness? His provision for his people? Yes. But what about his mercy? Or his justice?
Think about this, how would we know about God’s loving-kindness and creative power to their fullest extent without knowing that Jesus died in our place, and then was raised from the dead? Listen to how Paul expounds on this in Romans 9:22-23…
In the same way, even though God has the right to show his anger and his power, he is very patient with those on whom his anger falls, who are destined for destruction. He does this to make the riches of his glory shine even brighter on those to whom he shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. (NLT)
God’s wrath being held back from people who deserve it demonstrates the riches of his glory. Just as the power shown in His creation reveals his glory, the power that forgives reveals his glory.
God is the champion at bringing people from a place of destruction to a place of total victory. As they reach that place of victory they become trophies of his grace, and they are set on display as a fragrant reminder of his glory.