The Self-Sufficiency of God

Because God is the Source of all things, all things spring from God. He doesn’t need anything in addition to Himself to perform any action, and the performance of that action does not reduce His supply of any resource. He is inexhaustible; He is fully supported by Himself. He is independent from all other sources. Simply, God doesn’t need anything or anyone. He stated, “If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof (Psalm 50:12). To God alone there is nothing necessary.

Why then did He create the world? It is not because He needed fellowship. He was fully satisfied before the world began as He experienced glory by Himself (John 17:5). All things were created by Him that He might receive greater glory (Revelation 4:11). He is worthy of worship, but it is not necessary to “meet a need” or to complete the Lord. One’s belief or disbelief takes away nothing from the nature of God. He doesn’t need help His creation; He chooses to use mankind for His glory. He expresses His pleasure by using the weak things of this world to hold and to herald the mysteries of God (II Corinthians 4:7).

How can God be supported by something that He fully supports? He upholds all things by the power of His word (Hebrews 1:3). He is not in need of creation’s support; creation is in need of God’s support. The insufficiency of humanity is evidenced by its dependence upon other created things such as air, water, food, and sunlight. Clearly, the creature is dependent upon the Creator from whom all things subsist. He is in need of nothing, yet people are in need of all that God affords. Christians must recognize their dependence upon God, not only for only the physical, but the spiritual needs as well. Can a sinner cleanse himself from the stain of sin? Can the independent foster the sufficient power to help in time of need? Can the cynic find comfort in times of deepest sorrow? Can the prideful secure the hope of a better tomorrow? Can the epicurean find satisfaction in himself alone without the invasion of vanity and solitude? Can the laborer find rest from all his toils? Nay, the source of one’s greatest satisfaction lies only in the Self-Existent and all Sufficient God who alone stands ready to save humanity to the uttermost.

One must admit to his own insufficiency before turning to the all-sufficiency of God. Paul received sufficient grace when he asked the Lord to dispense strength (II Corinthians 12:9). God chooses to work with those who have trusted him and determined to live by faith. Why trust in the creature when one could trust in the Creator? Determine to approach God with a sense of awesome majesty in His sufficiency. Allow the recognition of the self-sufficiency of God to create more reverence for the grandeur of God. Let it provoke greater love and faith in God’s ability to deliver the righteous from all afflictions, to supply our every need, and to fill every spiritual longing.

My Prayer for Today:
Heavenly Father,
I admit that I am insufficient and dependent upon Your all-sufficiency in my life. All grace and life springs from Your abundance! You are worthy of all the glory that I could possibly extol. I trust in You to supply the solution to my every need and to source of all my satisfaction. Thank You for your great sufficiency. I praise you today and pray these things for your glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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