A Little Time With The 1689: Day 41

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Day 41

Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Chapter 2, Paragraph 2.

“…blessedness, in and of himself: is alone in, and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any Creature he hath made, nor deriving any glory from them,…”

Scripture Lookup

Job 22:2,3.

Reflection

I admit, I like to feel needed. It makes me feel important. If my advice is sought after and followed, if I am missed at a gathering, if no one else can get the job done but me…I think you get the picture. The desire to “have it all” is a powerful one, and it is a desire that has been around since Eve first listened to the serpent: “You will be like God.”

But God doesn’t need me. And He doesn’t need you, either. And when you think about it, would you really want Him to be a God that needed us? Who would really have the power in that relationship?

God truly has it all. God does not need to prove anything to anyone, He is not lacking in any good thing, and He contains everything He needs within Himself. There is no haughtiness in that truth, no pretentiousness in that truth, no insecurity in that truth. When we see God for who He truly is, and how tiny and insignificant we are compared to His glory and majesty, we realize any quest for self-importance is foolish.

So no, I am not needed. I am not that important. But because I am in Christ, I am delighted in, I am loved, and I am able to have communion with the most awesome and wonderful being that has always existed. If you are in Christ, the same is true for you. Rest in His splendor, and stop struggling to promote yourself.

what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?  -Psalm 8:4 (ESV)

 

Questions to Consider

  • Are you struggling with feeling needed? Is your desire to feel important keeping you from resting in God?
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