God is independent

Pulpit Reflections

The story is told of two boys walking through a field. The one boy asks the other, “Where did that tree come from?” The other boy replied, “God made it.” The boy with questions, had another, “Oh, well, where did those flowers come from?” The other boy replied, “God made it.” The first boy asked, “Well, where did you come from?” The second boy replied, “God made me as well.” Finally the first boy asked, “All right, where did God come from?” The boy answered, “God made himself.” Of course this is wrong, but we see how a child might reason like this. 

For God to make Himself would be a contradiction. God would have to precede God for God to make God. The correct answer is of course found in the Bible: God is independent and is self-existent. God is distinct from creation. He alone is self-existent and self-sufficient. All of creation is dependent upon God.

“God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything… In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:24-25, 28)

God has existence entirely within His own being. God does not cause Himself, He simply is. God does not need us, we need Him. 

“Life and breath and everything” comes from God. When Moses asked God who He was, God replied, “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14) 

Why did God create then, if He does not need us? Because God is love and chose to create freely so He, the Triune God (Trinity equals One God eternally existing in three persons), could share Himself and lavish His love upon more than the three persons of the Trinity. 

Independence is something that God alone possesses. Human independence is a sign of rebellion. As God’s creatures we are entirely dependent upon Him, for “life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:25)

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

“And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)

I urge you, depend upon the independent one, the great “I AM.” 

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