There’s a scientist and God. The scientist challenges God to a contest to see who can make the better human being. God nonchalantly agrees to the challenge. The scientist, completely delighted, bends over to pick up some dust when God says, “That’s my dust. You go and make your own.”
The creation joke. While funny, it also holds truth. God, who is self-existent, has created all things. From nothing, He has made everything. Without the resources created by God and given to us, we ourselves would be unable to do anything. Our identity and value are not to be found in other people or in our possessions or in our accomplishments, but in the God who made all these things possible for us.
God created all things and sustains all things, He created the world knowing our survival depends on Him. But while God is needed by all, He is needful of nothing. He is self-sufficient. Completely sovereign and independent.
God has created and chosen us to be part of His family because He loves us, but He does not need us. We cannot control or manipulate or blackmail God because He has no limits or restrictions. God, who needs nothing, is the supplier of our everything – and it is by His divine design that we need Him every moment of every day.
God is self-existent, He is self-sufficient, and He is also unbound by time – God is eternal. He was. He is. He is still to come. (Revelation 1:8) He is our past. He is our present. He is our future. In the beginning of this year our campus pastor, Nate Miller, did a message on Faith. He said something that deeply resonated: There are two types of faith, circumstantial and foundational. Circumstantial faith is about what God does, foundational faith is about who God is.
We have to be careful about trying to interpret the events (circumstantial faith) of God. We expect God to operate on our timeline and get frustrated when He doesn’t seem to follow through. The problem is not in God’s timing. It is in our perception of it. God will work all things out in His time. (Romans 8:28) Our faith should be rooted in who God is (foundational faith).
God is set apart from us! We are created. God is self-existent. We need sustenance. God is self-sufficient. We have a beginning and an end. God is eternal. Let’s spend our time and energy and resources and talents making a positive impact on the only kingdom reigned by a self-existent and self-sufficient and eternal ruler.
Our responsibility is simply this: to be completely present in the present. Letting go of our past, letting go of our future, and living fully in the here and now. Spend your time getting to know God personally. Spend your energy impacting people for eternity. Spend your resources meeting the needs of those who are suffering. Spend your talents storing up treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:19-20)
Abundantly More – Knowing God and Making God Known.
For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ – Acts 17:28 NLT
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19 NLT
“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” – Revelation 1:8 NLT
This series is inspired by Jen Wilkin. For a more detailed look at how God is self-existent, self-sufficient, and eternal, read chapters 3 through 5 from None Like Him.