Were our eyes created for the things made, or were the things made created for our eyes? Wherefore visibility?

We know that Christ created all things, “visible and invisible” (Col 1:16). But why did He create things visible? What is the purpose of visibility? Are our eyes a mere accommodation of spatially dimensional material? Were our eyes made to see creation or was creation made to be seen?

Consider trees, plants, flowers, waterfalls, rolling hills, rainbows, sunsets, moonlight, a starry night sky, a smile, and every other manifest beauty of God’s creation; were our eyes made for these things or were these things made for our eyes to see? There is a difference. Were our eyes a mere afterthought in the creation-plan of God? Are they merely functional instruments to enable safe mobility? Or did God create the full-spectrum of light’s dazzling array of color, shade, and hue with our eyes in mind?

Genesis 2:9 tells us, “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight…” So the answer is that God created things beautiful in order to be seen as beautiful. What if God created things visible but did not create sight? Did God need to create visible beauty for Himself?

Things were created visible for our eyes to behold beauty, majesty, and glory and thereby glorify God. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Ps 19:1). Their message is “heard” with our eyes. This is why God’s people of old were told, “Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these?” (Is 40:26). The high purpose of sight is worship.

The purpose of our eyes is to behold the glory of God in His creation and ultimately in the face of Jesus Christ (John 1:14; 17:24; 2 Cor 4:6). Our eyes are a most precious organ intended for a much more noble employment than what comes natural. May we be more intentional with our eyes to glorify God in the things that we see.

-Pastor Manny