The Road Through Romans: God is Self-Sufficient


We have been exploring the Book Of Romans verse by verse for some time now and for the last 13 sessions in this series we have hovered over Romans 1:20 exploring the invisible qualities of God. We are using A.W. Tozer’s, The Attributes of God, as a jumping off point for our discussions. If you have missed any of the previous posts they can be found on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.

Today we  are discussing God’s self-sufficiency. This is the idea that while we need God, God does not need us. He is everything He needs. The creation is dependent on the Creator but the Creator is not dependent on the creation.

This makes perfect sense and is reflected in nature by the relation of men to their own creations. If an artist paints a canvas, that canvas is entirely reliant upon the artist for what it becomes. If however the canvas is destroyed in a fire, its destruction does not change the artist into a non artist because it was destroyed. The art does not make the artist. The artist makes the art and the artists does not require anything from the art in order to remain artistic.

Some people think that God created us because he NEEDED worship or fellowship. But this is not true. God may find that an appealing attribute of His creation but He does not NEED worship to be God. He would be God still if not one angel or person ever lifted their voice in praise to Him again (I shudder to think what would happen to angels and people if that suddenly happened but God would have no worries).


That said we must realize that God alone is self-sufficient.Self-sufficiency is a quality of God and not man. We were made with limited sufficiency not all sufficiency. The idea of becoming totally self-sufficient is not a godly idea. It is not even a possibility. We were made to need God. We were made to seek God when we have a need not to try and figure it all out ourselves.

I would love to hear your thoughts.



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