Five Reasons Why God Created Roaches

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There’s a Purpose or Reason for everything, even why God created roaches.

God has a purpose for everything, right?  He has a purpose for the rain.  The moon.  The stars.  Even our lives.  (Read The Purpose Driven Life.)  But what could God possibly have had in mind when He created cockroaches?  These hideous critters carry germs and diseases.  Some buzz.  Some even fly. They multiply eggs by the thousands and attempt to infest homes all over America.

They are downright nasty too.  I mean, have you ever met anyone who “likes” roaches?  If a roach had a Facebook page, would anyone “like” it?

Before I share the five reasons below, let me tell you a quick story of a very vivid encounter I had with roaches–one I wish I could forget!

A Trailer + Spiders + Roaches = One Wild Sight

Years ago in college, I stumbled on what I believe to be five (5) answers for the “Purpose Driven Cockroach.”  I was spending the night at a friend’s house.  An upperclassman.  She had moved from the dormitory to a trailer not too far from campus.  My friend was asleep.  Snoring.  And there I was lying in her pull-out guest bed in the kitchen/living room.   Wide awake.  Staring at the ceiling.  Just thinking.  When suddenly out of nowhere appeared three long-legged hairy spiders!  Yep, three.  And they were crawling the walls.

Mind you, I knew exactly what kind of spiders they were.  Huntsman spiders.   You see, they are commonplace in Lakeland, Florida.  But despite seeing them all the time, they still spooked me out.

What If?

As these spiders paraded around the ceiling, the “what ifs” began running through my mind.  What if the spiders crawl into my bed while I’m sleeping?  What if my mouth is open while sleeping and one of them crawls in my mouth?  What if one bites me?  What if they spin a web around my face?  What if…

And before I could get to the next “what if,” I was startled again.  This time by a roach.  You gotta understand, where I lived in Florida, roaches don’t just crawl, they fly!  Certain ones.  They spread their wings and get to buzzing and they can take flight.  I have chills just thinking about it.  So here I am, half past midnight watching a horror movie of  spiders and roaches in full effect.

My eyes stayed glued to the roach as he carefully crawled up the wall.  I may have prayed at this point.  Something like,

“Dear Lord Jesus, please don’t let the roach fly.  Please don’t let the roach fly.”

And that’s when it happened.

One of the spiders lunged forward and landed on top of the roach!  I was so freaked out.  I mean, here are my two least favorite insects, one on top of the other.  And that’s when I realized the spider was eating the roach!  And then it became clear to me.   That’s one reason why God created roaches.  And as I sat contemplating that one reason, other reasons came to mind.

Here they are all of those reasons…

Possible Reasons For Cockroaches

The scoop on why God created roaches!
  1. The food chain.  Apparently roaches make a nice snack for huntsman spiders!  And they’re food for other critters too I’ve learned.
  2. They Motivate Us Clean.  It’s true!  People living with a roach problem typically don’t leave food out, keep dishes washed, and take trash out quickly.  After all, who wants roaches?  Nobody!  Oh, wait.  The spiders want them.  But you know what I mean.
  3. They Show God’s Creative Side.  Roaches show God’s glory.  And His creativity.  Think about it.  Only God, the greatest, ultimate Creator could come up with something like a cockroach.  As undesirable as they are to most of us, if you really think about it, roaches quite fascinating.  Look them up in Wikipedia and you’ll see what I mean.
  4. They Show God’s Sovereignty.  Just the simple fact that humans can’t get rid of them (i.e., 100% extinction from planet Earth) shows the sovereignty of God.  Hey, if God wants roaches around, then dog-gone-it, there’s nothing we can do about it.  Man has tried (unsuccessfully) to eradicate them from the planet.  Kind of like the killer bee that continues to reproduce themselves despite man’s best attempts to wipe them out.
  5. They Make Good Sermon Illustrations.  Yep, sermon illustrations.  Preachers can compare roaches to many things, making them “allegorical” (say that 3 times fast).  I did a Google search on roaches and “sermon illustrations” and actually found quite a few.

So there you have it!  Now you know (possibly) why God created roaches.  If you have other suggested reasons as to why our sovereign Lord and Savior created these hideous things, please leave a comment.

A Little Roach Humor

A housewife called up a pet store and said, “Send me thirty-thousand cockroaches at once.”

“What in the world do you want with thirty-thousand cockroaches?” asked the astonished clerk.

“Well,” replied the woman, “I am moving today from my apartment and my lease says I must leave the premises in exactly the same condition I found it.”

Your Thoughts

So tell me, in your opinion, why did God create roaches?  Do you like spiders or roaches?  Add your comment!

  • Wow, you are good. When I was a little boy I thought roaches were cool especially the cock roach till I saw one mating. I got grossed out. No more cool. Roach eggs are big enough to see. On the other hand you will be hard pressed to see a cock roach egg. You might see some on an envelop glue (strange place mind you) that’s why I do not lick envelopes any more. This is a true story. A lady went to the doctor because she had a moving lump on her tongue. The doctor lanced it and out came a full grown cock roach. Paper cuts are mean aren’t they? I hope you were sitting down when you read this. LOL

  • Charrisa Coulibaly

    Very funny article!! It had me cracking up! I hate spiders AND roaches!!LOL

    • Thank you. And I hear you! I am very thankful that I have rarely seen either since I’ve lived in Philadelphia. Some places have terantulas. Could you imagine??

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  • Deandra D

    I love it!!!! I’ve often asked my mom the same question from the time I could think to ask this question even now as an adult and she just laughs and says “I’m not sure baby, but he has his reasons.” I love it!!! Thanks for sharing

    • Deandra, your mom sounds great. I can tell she trusts her sovereign Lord wholeheartedly, even for things she can’t explain or understand… like roaches! I’m glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave such a nice comment.

  • Truth Seeker

    I actually don’t mind spiders. Granted, some are not really cute to look at but I never kill them. Roaches??? Yeah, I can’t stand them and will kill them inside and outside! Those are the only insects I kill (ok, besides mosquitoes).

    • Thanks for sharing, Truth Seeker. I’m glad you are able to find God’s eight-legged creatures cute! I find them terrifying. Well, not all of them, but definitely the really big ones. I agree with you on the mosquitoes…. that’s another insect that is truly a pest! And some even carry harmful diseases. But I know God has a plan, purpose and a a reason, even for the mosquitoes!

    • morgan

      truth seeker…i’m assuming you know about legend of the seeker and the sword of truth series

  • rome seveneightsixnine

    Health and wealth huh? the purpose driven life? oh boy. Check out ( Contending for truth dot c o m). Type in Rick Warren in the search box and listen to a study about him. I know this is about the roach, but I couldn’t help myself.

  • RAS

    I needed this. I have some issues with roaches in the south where Ilive. I am from the north and keep asking why me Lord? Thanks for your humor I did need it. :)

    • Hey RAS! Thanks for your comment. I’m sorry to hear you are dealing with roaches, but glad my article helped you to smile in the midst of the bug battle. I pray you are able to conquer them and that the Lord uses them to grow your patience, endurance and character (smile). God bless!

  • Krystle Tan Chern Zrong

    I have always wondered about the reason. I’ve just been bitten by one at 3am Malaysian time! Gosh. Thanks for sharing though. Still a grossed out. Ugh.

    • Really? Wow! I wasn’t aware that roaches bit humans. Yikes. Take care.

  • smthomas23

    God is awesome and this was an insightful article and good read. That proves everything created has what is called ‘Purpose’ to do what God has them or it to do.

  • youareatrisk

    Oh, my goodness cockroaches are so repulsive looking. If you find one in your home or apt. you can bet the are others. Keep them away from me!

  • chris curry

    This is a bad coversation lol well have you ever seen a translucet spider think about cali there are alot of translucent bugs insects an ect. Here I have been seeing them look at me like a lord roach about the size of my hand and then goes clear like it was never there… what the hell when I saw that made me wonder if everything exsist to the world once it dies its erased from or vision but not from our world ??im in a motel and a roach died next to the bed and white translucent dots picked it up and carried it away I was to scared to sleep there anymore

  • Dan R Ca

    I think the canned answer is because sin came into the world, things like cockroaches are out of balance and a common irritation. I just know I am pissed about them and wish and pray they would all go away. Cheap apartments suck! Having to deal with them can be another reason to feel like saying the hell with it all. I do not think it is due to the evidence of God that I continue to believe, but that the world is so fucked up under mankind’s blight that there simply must be some ready to intervene good master in control after all. if not, well, we’re hopelessly doomed.

  • Love spiders of all kinds, especially ones who eat roaches. Spiders trust me and my wife enough to crawl up on our fingers. We love them. Carefully placed boric acid powder gets rid of roaches, by the way.

  • Patricia Doxie

    Roaches & spiders are here to scare me!!! I’m glad to share the planet with them as long as they stay outside my home!!!

  • Rae

    Neither but I’d prefer nonvenomous spiders but I found that frogs like them too

  • speedster16

    There is NO LOGICAL reason for the creation of termites,flies,and roaches – if they carry sickness and disease-because God wouldn’t have created such things being the Author of purity,health and wholeness.I believe these ugly groutese creatures came into being when man fell and brought the curse into the world – bringing briars,thorns, and ROACHES !They are like pigeons in the insect world – all they want is food from you,and will crawl all over you to get it especially in the dark.Spiders are cool- but rats,flies,hos,and roaches-get rid of all of them.