God's self-sufficiency

As I’ve been reading Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce Ware, the past couple of days I haven’t been able to get over God’s complete self-sufficiency. It’s mind-blowing to me. Think about this:

“ Because God has life in himself, this also means that God has everything that he needs for his life in himself. After all, since God lives forever, it must be true that God has lived most of his life when there was nothing else. God lived before he created the world, and he was fully God then. So, for God to have life in himself, it means that he also must have everything he needs for his own life within himself. We can think of God, then, as being both self-existent (he has life in himself) and self-sufficient (he has everything he needs for his life in himself). This reminds me us of what we spoke earlier, that God has no need for the world, since everything God needs to be God is found in his own life. Because God is eternal, because he has life in himself, it also means that he has every good thing within his own life. Nothing can be added to the richness that God has because God has it all, without beginning and without ending.”

Some things I’ve been thinking about because of this:

Seeing God’s self-sufficiency in God making a way to himself though Christ. God didn’t/doesn’t need us to make up for our sin. God has everything needed in himself to cover our sin.

We can see our humanity through simple everyday things. We need: oxygen, water, food & sleep. These things should remind us daily that God is God and we are not.

Because we can see our basic needs everyday it should shatter any idea of self-sufficiency. “I don’t need anybody’s help, I can make it on my own.” We can’t. We are in deep need of a Self-Sufficient God.

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breathe and everything.
Acts: 17: 24-25

1 comment:

  1. Best friend! i was reading 2 Cor. 3 and 4 today... and it was thinking about some of the same things! More so i guess directed in presenting the gospel. That he is my competence and glory that make evident the Gospel to unbelievers.

    It comes from a morning praying for Nepal and preparing to take the Gospel up there! He is the one who will remove the veil from the eyes of the unbelievers i meet- he doesn't need me! But, he uses me! And that's pretty dang humbling and ridiculously awesome!

    love you!