Does God Need Us ?

Southaven, Ms

By: Mike Upchurch

There are certain things some positions require in order to hold those positions. Parents need to have had children or have adopted them in order to be parents. Dog owners need a dog in order to be a dog owner (bear with me). Supervisors need people under them to be supervisors. Mayors need a city in order to be a mayor.

 But God doesn’t need me in order to be God. 

He doesn’t need you either. He doesn’t need our worship or our love in order to affirm Himself, or feel needed, or even to feel confident about Himself. He doesn’t need any of us in order to rule and reign in authority over His creation. In fact He might be better off without some of us causing Him grief!  But He is God even if we never exist. We don’t MAKE Him God, He IS God.

That’s the difference between a false god and the true Lord God.  A false god has to be created in some form in order to be worshipped. They need an image, constructed by man, in order to exist. Not so with the Lord God. He doesn’t need us constructing an image of Him in order to be worshipped.  There are certain religions who require that you construct a shrine in order to worship their god. Temples of various religions have their god in place amongst candles and other symbolism and the worshipper is required to bow and pay homage to the statue even bringing offerings.  The great thing about our God, the Lord of the Universe, is that you can worship Him anywhere at any time!  No candles needed and you don’t even have to travel. 

Incidentally the Lord God, the only true God, had something to say about worshipping those false gods in temples and shrines…..

“You must not have any other god but Me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love Me and obey My commands.”‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:7-10‬ ‭NLT‬

That is a scary warning; that if I worship a false god my children and even my great great grandchildren will suffer because of me!  But He will lavish His love on me and my descendants if I love Him and serve Him!  That part is great news!

And by the way, if you have a statue of Jesus on the cross in your home and you worship that object rather than the living Lord, that worship is misplaced too!  He is no longer on the cross!  He is sitting on His Throne and is ruling and reigning in perfect power!  Worship Him above!

Back to the subject of God needing us; if you’re a doubter or an agnostic or even an atheist, He doesn’t need you to believe in Him in order to exist. If you say one hundred times a day every day for 70 years that He isn’t real and He doesn’t exist, well, He will still exist.

 The wind can’t be seen and there is no understanding of where it’s coming from or where it’s going. But we know it’s there. We know it exists because we see the evidence of it even in the slightest breeze as leaves of trees and plants gently sway, but you don’t see the wind itself. Yet it exists even if there is no breeze on a particular day. Just as God is there whether YOU ever see proof of Him or not. He is God without your help or without your belief in Him and He is alive all by Himself!!

And to the unbeliever….do you know everything there is to know?

No, of course not.

If it’s possible that you don’t know everything there is to know, then isn’t it also possible that God is in the part of things you DON’T know?

 I’m always baffled by people who don’t know everything and aren’t always the sharpest knife in the drawer anyway, yet are convinced God doesn’t exist. That is laughable to me. You don’t know much, but the one thing you DO know is God isn’t real??  You are able to answer the greatest question in the history of mankind…..”Is God real?”…..yet you don’t even know the simplest basics of science or physics?  You may not even know where your car keys are some days but you know God doesn’t exist??  I just have to chuckle!  You can be in denial.  It’s your right as someone with free will (which He gave you).  But one day you’ll stand before Him and you’re going to have some real ‘splaining to do!

Anyway, God doesn’t need us but we desperately need Him. We can’t survive without Him. I can’t breathe without Him. I can’t really maintain a single thing in my body that keeps me alive and is operating independent of me, whether it be my heartbeat or my breathing or my organs functioning. I MUST have Him.  But He doesn’t need me. Or you.  Remind yourself of that the next time you’re feeling a little prideful. It’s only His grace that gave us life in the first place, and it’s His grace that sustains that life till the end. And then we are totally at His mercy as to our final home.

Although we have stated matter-of-factly that God doesn’t need us, the beauty of God is that He wants us anyway and loves us….deeply.  He chooses to love us. He chooses to share His heaven with us for all eternity.  This all knowing, all powerful, mighty and holy God chooses to want to be with us!  He has angels who serve Him but He wants US!   He is described over and again in the word as being loving and compassionate toward us. He cares for us!  He knows our weaknesses yet still loves us. 

No, our God doesn’t need us…..but He chose us to eternally belong to Him, and that is way cool!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike