The Obvious & Not So Obvious

What does God need?

christmas-934181__340The obvious answer echoes through Job’s encounter with God, Asaph’s Psalm, and Paul’s message to the Athenians. He needs nothing for He is “I Am” the self-sufficient One. Job’s conversation with God (found in the last 5 chapters of Job) reveals the might, power, and wisdom of almighty God.

Asaph tells us God provides for Himself, if He needs provision.

“Hear, O my people, and I will speak;

O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burn offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beast of the field are mine.

If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” Psalm 50: 7-15.

Paul declares the who behind the Athenians unknown God.

“God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands:

Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing,

seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17: 24-25.

What could the Lord God possibly need He could not supply? When Christ ascended, the glory of the Father ascended with Him until the coming of the Holy Ghost. A physical witness to the glory of God no longer walked among the darkness of the world radiating the light of His glory. By His design, His choice, God needed a witness. As the last order of business before His ascension, Jesus instructed His followers.

“But ye shall receive power,

after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:

and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,

and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,

and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8.

Soon the Holy Ghost descended upon the followers gathered, Peter preached a sermon in the power of the Spirit, and the church was born.

God chose the church to be the revelation of His glory through the witnessing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul explained this to the church at Ephesus.

“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery…Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,

that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ:

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

To the intent that now

unto the principalities and powers

in heavenly places might be known

by the church

the manifold wisdom of God.”

Eph. 3:8-10.

The church, the body of Jesus Christ, now walking the earth bears His image to a lost world.

“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,

according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead,

and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet

and gave him to be the head over all things

to the church, which is his body,

the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

Eph. 1: 19-23.

  • Creation cries out a witness of its Creator. Mankind rejected it and chose to worship the creation, but a few believed.
  • Jesus Christ, God the Son, came revealing the glory of the Father. The people rejected His testimony and nailed Him to a cross. But some believed.
  • The death, burial, and resurrection of Christ birthed the church to bear witness of His gospel and fill His kingdom. After all what would a kingdom be without people? Many believe. But more perish but not without a physical witness in the church.

In fulfilling His own need, God completed the need of all who will receive the witness of the gospel. He filled us with the knowledge of His love and supplied us with purpose.

And to know the love of Christ,

which passeth knowledge,

that ye might be filled

with all the fulness of God.” Eph. 3:19.

“A new commandment I give unto you,

That ye love one another:

As I have loved you,

that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,

if ye have love one to another.”

John 13:34,35.

“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

My little children, let us not love in word,

neither in tongue;

but in deed and in truth.”

1John 3:17-18.

Jesus told His first disciples, “ye shall be witnesses”. Whose image will our witness bear?

“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee,

but to fear the LORD thy God,

to walk in all his ways,

and to love him,

and to serve the LORD thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul…”

Deut. 10:12.

“For you are bought with a price:

therefore glorify God

in your body and

in your spirit,

which are God’s.”

1Cor. 6:20.

How will we fill God’s need?

  • Fear the Lord God – the meaning applied here refers to the feeling of awe and reverence expressed outwardly by…
  • Walking in all His ways
  • Loving Him
  • Serving Him with all the heart and soul
  • Glorifying God in body and spirit because we are His, bought with the blood of Christ to fulfill that purpose.

“Ye are the light of the world.

A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Let you light so shine before men,

that they may see your good works,

and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Matt. 5:14-16.

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