“He gave, we received. Not because He needed us, but because we needed Him.”
Oh, to be needed. The Christain blogger Shane Pruitt notes that for every single one of us, we are in love with the idea that someone needs us and this is the ‘savior complex’ in us all. The problem with believing this, of course, is that a “need” implies a lack of something. So, if God were to need me, then that means that He must lack something in some way. And by definition, if God is lacking in anything, then He is not God.
In particular, here are three characteristics of God that demonstrate why He requires nothing outside of Himself.
Omnipotence: God is all-powerful. There is nothing that He cannot do on His own. “For one thing, all creation is dependent on the life that God alone sustains. “He makes grass grow for the cattle,” and “all creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time… When you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.” Who else can? With power and majesty, our God reigns. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” (Daniel 4:35)
Omniscience: God is all-knowing. If only we knew of a human being who has worked for even a second as a consultant to the Lord. There is nothing that anyone can teach Him. “Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” (Isaiah 40:14).
Omni-benevolent: God is all-loving. He doesn’t need a relationship with us. We have the perfect example of a complete unified relationship in the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; a complete relationship within Himself. “And he is not served by human hands as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.” (Acts 17:25)
If you really stop and think about this, it truly is amazing.
Admit to yourself, “I am not needed by God. But the ridiculous truth is that I am wanted by a complete God. For God suffers no lack and knows no limitation. “
Be God-dependent. The God who doesn’t need me is the God I need. Acknowledge that there is nothing you can do apart from him. As Pastor Francis Chan put it, “the irony is that while God doesn’t need us but wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want him most of the time.”