Who Needs God?

J. D. Conley
October 21, 2012

To a large degree to be independent is a good thing.  The "Can Do" mentality is an admirable trait for people to posses. We all respect people who are driven and self-motivated, hard working and self-disciplined. God expects people to be responsible for their own actions as well as to provide for himself and others. Folks who do less, disappoint Him. However, as with most other things the concept of independence and self-reliance can be taken to an extreme.

Independence is taken too far when one feels or believes he no longer is in need of God. As soon as man begins to think he has "arrived," he has surely departed! God told Jeremiah to tell independent rebellious Judah, "...the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jer. 10:23). Since man does not have full knowledge of how to live his life, (i.e., direct his steps) this implies that man is dependent upon God. In fact, the human race is more dependent upon God than it realizes. Man relies upon God, (whether he admits it or not) for his very existence. Paul preached to the worldly educated but spiritually ignorant Athenians who knew not God, "...for in him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Earlier he told them in v.25 "...he giveth to all life and breath and all things." Since these things are true it is apparent that man is not somewhat dependent upon God, but utterly dependent upon Him. Every breath we draw, every muscle we move, every thought we think, every inch of matter, time and space we occupy, declares our need for, and dependence upon, the God of heaven.

Who needs God? Everyone living on His creation today!