“It is a thing that we should continually remember, that God, from His side, is never working towards anything; from His side, He is always working backwards. He is working back to what was, both in His mind in times eternal, and which He had actually in His creative activity. There it was. He has never given it up. All the departure is away; God is always coming back. God is never saying to man: You must come onto Me; He is saying: You must come back to Me. It is only in us, where we are concerned, that we are moving towards a consummation; but God is always working backwards.”
~ T. Austin-Sparks
God’s “backwards” is eternity past where He conceived His eternal purpose. Our “forwards” are His backwards. Because He is outside of time, space, and matter, because He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end are both happening in Him. Thus the end will look similar to the beginning. There is no other purpose for which to live than God’s eternal purpose. It is God’s grand goal and mission, the provocation of creation itself. Thus it should be ours as well.