The Bible shows and demonstrates to us the self-sufficiency (Aseity), the inexhaustibility of God. What is amazing is that the very Godness of God is absolutely free, absolutely self-sufficient we need nothing else.He has no needs from outside Himself but is completely and eternally sufficient in Himself.
But not just sufficient He actually overflows, so that He has absolutely no need of me whatsoever but is so full in His overflow that He cannot help but bless those who recognise Him as the pearl of great prize.
1.Giver of All
He doesn’t need us at all and where it would be an offense to Him if we tried to become His benefactors.
For example, Acts 17:25 ‘(God is not) served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since He Himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.’
And that’s not just true of God the Father; it’s true of Christ Jesus as He comes into the world. Mark 10:45 ‘The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.’ You see we don’t serve Him, we either allow Him to serve us or we die.
Romans 11:34–36 ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord or who has been his counsellor?” No one you can’t give God counsel. Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid?” No one — you can’t loan God anything to put Him in your debt. Why? “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.’
2.Owner of the Earth
Psalm 50:10–15 — Spurgeon calls this ‘Robinson Crusoe’s text’ because, if you read that novel, you realise that Crusoe used these verses to get himself through.
Every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine.
Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats?
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and perform your vows to the Most High and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
So, how do we glorify a God who has absolutely no needs and has all resources in Himself? Answer: By not being His benefactors but His beggars. By calling on Him for help, in the day of trouble. Then we get deliverance; He gets the glory.
Or as the psalmist says, ‘I will deliver you and you shall glorify me.’ ‘You get the deliverance; I get the glory.’
The very Godness of God is that He is absolutely free, absolutely self-sufficient.
This is the divine paradox: the bigger we see God, the more self-sufficient He becomes and we acknowledge His lesser need of us. This revelation allows Him to be more resourceful toward us and the more riches of glory He has to pour out freely upon us and the more glorious He looks when we find our joy in Him.
That’s exactly the way God wants us to experience His absolute fullness and self-sufficiency. He wants us to experience it as the source of inexhaustible grace.
3.Helper of the Weary
Listen to the way Isaiah 40:28 makes the connection:
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.
What’s the consequence of all that self-sufficiency? He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might He increases strength. . . .They shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:29, 31
So, the inexhaustible hand of God is good news for the exhausted.
4.Sustainer of the Humble
Two key passages in this matter are and Isaiah 64:4 and 2 Chronicles 16:9
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
In other words, He’s on the lookout, He is actually on the lookout for anyone who is humble enough and weak enough to let Him be strong for them.
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for Him. Isaiah 64:4
In other words, no one has seen a God like this. God stands alone totally unique — in that in His overflowing fullness, He delights to work for us, rather than have us work for Him. The giver gets the glory. The creator comforts the creature.
Conclusion – No Help Required
Not surprisingly, this kind of absolutely self-sufficient, inexhaustible, overflowing God is the bedrock of the gospel of our salvation.
For those who have absolutely no way to save themselves, He says,
Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1
We don’t see it so much , if at all these days signs in shop windows ‘Help Wanted’ Sometimes there was a big red diagonal line through the sign with a big No in the middle of it: “No Help Wanted.”
And that’s our God! That’s the gospel! No help wanted. No help needed. No help demanded. ‘I exist to be inexhaustible, I never run out, I am always ready and able to help those who will trust me. That’s my glory.’ That’s the glory of the gospel.”
So amen, everything else runs out in time, But God never runs out. He will be giving and giving and giving to all eternity as we receive and receive and receive with joy as His children.