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God is Self-Sufficient
By Steve Todd
Saturday, March 26, 2011


Scripture 
Isaiah 44:24
“I am the Lord who has made all things, who stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth all by myself.”  

Devotion
In looking at our human nature, one of the ways that we behave is that we generally look to take care of our own needs without considering if those around us could help us, or if they might have needs themselves.  In other words, we try to be self-sufficient.  As much as we would like to believe that we are able to take care of all of our needs, we know that is not always the case.

God, on the other hand, needs no help.  In Isaiah 44:24 God says, “I am the Lord who has made all things, who stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth all by myself.”  In Jeremiah 32:27 God states, “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”  These verses should not be interpreted as God being arrogant, but simply stating who he is and what he is capable of doing.

The Apostle Paul, when preaching to the well-educated men of Athens (Acts 17:24-28), tried to explain this very point.  God is a living being that created and sustains all life.  He is not an inanimate object or limited to any confined space.  Most importantly, he seeks a personal relationship with man, which he created.  His spirit lives within all who believe in him. 

In order for us to have the proper relationship with God, we must humbly accept that we, as humans, are dependent on God who is fully self-sufficient.  Nothing happens without him and there isn’t anything that we need that he can’t give to us, if he so desires.

Prayer
Lord, help us to be reverent in your presence and hold in high esteem who you are.  Thank you for seeking a relationship with those you have created, even though there is nothing you need from us.  Amen.

Other scripture references
Jer 32:27; Acts 17:24-28

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