God Loves Us But Does Not Need Us

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God is perfect…in need of nothing. He does not sleep nor eat therefore he does not become hungry or tired. He does not wear clothes and he does not live in houses. Therefore he does not need to make or buy anything. He is utterly without lack. He is not human, therefore he is not fallen, and that which is perfect is entirely whole and without flaw. A created thing which is without flaw and is whole does the thing it is created for perfectly. God, who is not created but created all things, is perfect in everything he thinks, says and does. He does not have to cast around for the right word, or reconsider his actions, or regret his past choices.

Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 And He has made from one blood[c] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ 29 Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17)

Consider then…if we are in Him we too have no lack.

Like God, we will not have need. In Him we live and move and have our being. If our life is hidden in Christ, we will never have need again. (Col. 3:3)

Practically speaking, we will get tired and we will get hungry. But Scripture is full of comfort regarding these things. In peace I will both lie down and sleep for you alone O Lord make me lie down in safety (Psalm 4:8). We will be able to sleep because there is no anxiety, nothing troubling us. And Christ himself said that those who hunger and thirst will be filled in Him. He also said that God will provide what we need in the same way He provides for the living things around us, birds and flowers. (Matthew 12:29)

What are the things which cause us anxiety? Mostly our anxieties centre on our needs. We do not have enough of something so we fret. Not enough money, no job, no car etc. We also fret about relationships. Our parents or our husbands or wives do not love us enough, or even at all. Our friends betray us. Our bosses are bullies. Our children disobey us. God likewise has to face all of these things. We have betrayed and rebelled against Him. Yet, He still sits in serene perfection in heaven on his throne. He has not fallen off nor will He ever. He has need of nothing, not even for us to get right with Him. His provision on the Cross was enough. ‘It is finished’ were Christ’s last words. The final and greatest sacrifice was from God himself. He has given us everything that is necessary for life and godliness.

2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter)

We also can be perfect as He is perfect. When we are in Him, we have need of nothing. If we so choose. If we do not choose, then we will have lives of chaotic anguish. There is nothing God can do about that. He has provided everything for us, if we do not wish to live in this place of abiding where there is no need, we will suffer the consequences. I do not say this to be harsh, it is simply a fact. Since God has given us free will, it is up to us to come to God our heavenly Father, and receive all He has provided. Christ as our high priest and final sacrifice bled for us so we may receive cleansing, freedom from sin and victory over death. Christ is also our brother and suffered as we have suffered. Not only does God provide for us physically, he provides for us emotionally, spiritually and in all other ways.

You might say, ‘But wait a minute, what about our health people have serious illnesses, they can be badly hurt in car accidents, what about those needs?’ Jesus has, does and will heal his people. Yet even in the midst of an illness which has not been healed, there is provision. We hurt physically and we need pain relief. We have medicine in this day and age which can do that for us. Yet even in the midst of our weakness, His grace is sufficient for us.

I do not know fully how this truth affects our lives. I only know how it affects mine and I have only begun to understand it. There are always questions and seeming paradoxes in this life, mostly because we humans have limited understanding and faith. But I can lean on the authority of scripture. There are some things that I am absolutely sure of because God himself has told me these things.

He is perfect and has no need. Our lives are hidden with Christ, we have His life and received it in exchange for ours when we accepted His death on the Cross and His resurrection and conquest of death itself. In Him, who is our provider, there is no need.

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