With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
— Ephesians 1:8–10
Have you ever stood in the middle of 1,000 lightless acres at midnight and marveled at the heavens? The infinitesimally small slice of the universe one can see while standing on earth staring upward on a clear night is sufficient to bring the rational man to his knees.
The coming together of modern cosmology in particle physics and observational astronomy has brought us the most evidentially supported theory of our universe’s origin, the Big Bang. This model tells us that all time, space and material began at one point of singularity. In other words, the universe began and at that point, time began. Newtons first law of motion tells us that all objects at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. What timeless, spaceless and immaterial force could have set the universe in motion? That sounds an awful lot like God to me.
But what does this mean? It means that God acted in a personal manner to begin the universe. While outside of time, he laid the foundation of laws that would govern our physical world, and upon this foundation he flicked time, matter and space into existence. God actualized the world and reality in which we find ourselves living. Why?
So we could come to know him. At once, through his creation of the universe and his endowment of our ability to explore it, we could know his power, his might, his grace, his love for us. He set the universe in motion such that all those who would seek him out could find him, and all of those who would freely accept his grace found themselves in just the position to do so. And he brought all things in unity in heaven and on earth under Christ.
And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
— Esther 4:14