The Self-Suffiency of God   2 comments

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This is from the blog Aeneidodyssey:

God’s Voluntary Relationship

God is not created, nor is he ever in need of anything. To say such, one would have to admit that cannot be God, for God is wont of nothing. Tozer states it thus, ‘Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken by the Creator’. In addition, ‘God has a voluntary relationship to everything He has made, but He has no necessary relationship to anything outside Himself’. However, all things created on Earth are in need of something such as air and water without which all life would cease to be. God is never in need of anything.

More importantly for us, Tozer writes, ‘Any motion in His direction is elevation for the creature; away from Him, descent.’ This I believe is an incredible perception I have not really thought of. As we get further and further away from God, we are descending, not necessarily to some version of Hell, but as the Old Testament word ‘Sheol’, where all the dead would go and where darkness abounds is the absence of God. In Tozer’s case, we would be beyond Him. Only when we truly begin to follow his precepts can we be lifted up coming more closely to Him then the other way around. As we grow closer, His light and eminence will shine more brightly on us.

A common trend among Christians is the belief that God somehow needs us. Tozer corrects this misconception by stating, ‘Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help. We commonly represent Him as a busy, eager, somewhat frustrated Father hurrying about seeking help to carry out His benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world.’ This current trend Tozer writes is common among new Christians who seek to be of service to God to fulfill His needs.

Furthermore, today’s Christianity tends to view Jesus as someone who is in need of us as much as we are in need of Him. Tozer corrects this thought by stating, ‘The truth that the Man who walked among us was a demonstration, not of unveiled deity but of perfect humanity. The awful majesty of the Godhead was mercifully sheathed in the soft envelope of human nature to protect mankind.’

A common theme throughout these chapters is that current Christians have lost the view of the awesomeness of God. We are not in awe anymore because we can see incredible images of the universe and distance galaxies that it all seems natural. We have lost the concept of this creation and how we are limited without God. We forget to worship because we have forgotten to be in awe of His majesty and greatness.

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2 responses to “The Self-Suffiency of God

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  1. Well said, thank you. This is a great quote, ‘Any motion in His direction is elevation for the creature; away from Him, descent.’

    • IB: I also like this quote:

      “A common theme throughout these chapters is that current Christians have lost the view of the awesomeness of God.”

      In my hitchhiking, I am always in awe of what the Lord does. The Lord puts someone in my path and we have the best talk about the things of God or I am down to my last dollar and someone buys me a sandwich. It is childlike faith. I will not water down the power and greatness of God by over-intellectualizing Him.

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