The Self-Existence of God

On a mountain on the backside of a desert, Moses worshipped the God who revealed Himself to be the great I AM. In the temple of Jerusalem, the feverish Pharisees faced the ageless Christ who declared, “Before Abraham was, I am.” In both statements, God declared Himself to be self-existing and without origin. Only those who have been created can claim an origin, but God is not a created being. People tend to think that everything has an antecedent causal origin; that something was made from this because of that. One must consider the vast enormity of God who is free of origin and cause. He is uncreated, uncaused, and existent from everlasting to everlasting. Now consider the opposite: people are created, caused, and contained within the bounds of time. God is none of these things. Because God is the Creator and people the created, does anyone have any right to claim superiority over the Lord? The creature will always remain inferior to and in subordination to the Creator. This is often forgotten because our image of God is diminished by the assertion of our will over the divine will. This has highly practical implications. Knowing the type of God that runs the universe is vital knowledge to a sound life. Sin is a result of pride which elevates ourselves above the eternal Self-hood of God. Man seeks to establish dominion over that which God alone is the rightful ruler. The Christian must yield more territory to God (Romans 6:16) and give no place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). When we yield, we will portray a submissive spirit to the object of choice. Suffocating sin or the self-sufficient Savior will be as a King in our life, and a daily presentation of oneself will be made to it or Him.

The existence of life in our body is evidence of dependence on a superior source for our origin. If this source is of created origin as well, then a superior to that source must be further sought. Just as in nature, the flowing tributary finds its source in the mighty river, which in turn derives its strength from the abounding spring. The unseen, underground fountain springs up and provides the life of the rivers and subsequent streams all along its winding banks. So it is with mankind: the strength and substance of man finds its source in the self-existing God from whom all things are and were created. Those in existence owe such existence to the self-existent God. Therefore, their allegiance and appreciation should be rendered daily to the One who fearfully and wonderfully formed their parts. He is the source of all existence, and Christians should be the source of His greatest praise, trust, and adoration.

My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father,
Thank You for being the great I AM who revealed Yourself to us. You are the supreme source of my being, and I thank You for creating me and giving me life. To You belongs all the glory, praise, and honor for the works of your mighty hand. Though You have need of nothing, I thank You for welcoming me into you presence. I pray that my will would be yielded to Yours; that you would have dominion over all that you created, myself included. As the Psalmist said, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” All this I pray for your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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