The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
One of the primary differences between ourselves and God is that He is a being without need, as opposed to our being creatures of continual need.
"If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is Mine, and the fulness thereof" (Psalm 50:12).
"It is He that hath made us and not we ourselves" (Psalm 100:3).
The living and true God is eternally self existent in Himself. He needs nothing (Acts: 17:25). Moreover, He owns everything He made, which means if it were possible for Him to require something He created, the thing would already be in His possession. Contrast this with ourselves, creatures who did not make ourselves and cannot sustain ourselves apart from the One in whom "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). Need thus forms one of our most elemental frames of reference. The warrior David knew this about himself: "I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: Thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD" (Psalm 70:5).
This presents a great challenge in how we think about God and how we relate to Him. He is forever supply. We are forever His supplicants. He forever gives. We forever receive. He is forever the "I AM." We are forever the "I am not" apart from Him. He is forever God. We are forever creatures. Describing the difference could go on and on, resulting in the proper fear of God to which Scripture calls us as we think rightly about Him, and rightly about ourselves. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge… wisdom" (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10).
When God called Joshua to lead Israel into the Promised Land, He let His servant know how inadequate he was for the task.
"And the captain of the LORD's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy" (Joshua 5:15).
Only God can walk on holy ground. "I will dwell in them and walk in them" (II Corinthians 6:16). All others must be transported by His guidance and enabling. Joshua successfully accomplished his mission by the power of God. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing else. The same is true for our journey in the promised land of God's grace in Christ. "Without Me, ye can do nothing" (John 15:5). Thus, we take our shoes off in the sense of acknowledging our utter need as the basis on which we access Christ's "unsearchable riches" (Ephesians 3:8). Thereby we live, we walk, we run, and we fly for the glory of God. But always and forever by His life, His feet, His skill, and His wings. We do well to remember and to grow in the realization of how wondrously our Heavenly Father supplies, and how completely we require His provision.
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
"He is thy life."
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.