• Rachel Taylor

God is Self-Sufficent

Acts 17:24-25

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

As we study the attributes of God, we learn that God is Self-sufficient. He doesn’t need me or anything to be God. He can and did exist long before the world was created. Let’s first look at the background for our passage today.

At this point in Acts, Paul was in Athens waiting for Silas and Timothy to join him. His heart was stirred because of the idolatry that he saw taking place in the city. In ancient Athens, the people worshiped all gods. They didn’t want to be wrong, so they worshiped them all. Paul was given an opportunity to speak before the great philosophers of the city. He mentioned that the Athenians had an altar with the inscription “To the Unknown God.” The people worshiped a god they didn’t even know. Paul went on to describe this “unknown god” to them as the Self-Sufficient God of creation.

Self-sufficient means needing no extra help in satisfying one’s basic needs; emotionally and intellectually independent. God is Self-Sufficent. He made the world and all things in it alone (

Genesis 1:1-27). God maintains the Earth and the heavens alone (Job 38-41). God doesn’t need anything from us to continue to be God. God gave us life itself and holds our lives in His hands. He gave us everything that we have. He has the power to give and to take away (Job1:21).

God doesn’t need my help to provide for me. The Bible says that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). He doesn’t need me to accomplish His work, yet He chooses to use me to bring about His will. He chooses to include us in His plans.

Do you trust God to be Self-sufficient in your life? Do you acknowledge that you have no significance in accomplishing God’s will? Take time today to thank Him for being Self-Sufficient and thank Him for including you in His plans for His creation.

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