17 November 2012

Thanksgiving Challenge, Day 17

Day #17: I'm thankful God is self-existent.

"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else" (Acts 17:24-25).

As Americans, we pride ourselves on our independence. We applaud someone who "pulls himself up by his own bootstraps." We have greater respect for someone who earns his own money than for someone who inherits it. But that fact is, we really are more dependent than we realize. Without food, water, or oxygen, we cannot survive. We need God's daily mercies even to sustain life. God, however, needs no one. He sustains himself. If everything and everyone in the universe were suddenly to disappear, God would live on. Since we are dependent on God, it should bring us great comfort to know that our God is not dependent on others for his existence!

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