Post Author: Bill Pratt
Christians believe that God is completely self-sufficient, that he is complete within himself. There is nothing that God needs that he doesn’t already have. The quote below, from A. W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy, summarizes the point extremely well.
To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relation to everything He has made, but He has no necessary relation to anything outside of Himself. His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can bring to Him who is complete in Himself.
Practically speaking, it is a serious error to think that humanity is somehow providing God assistance that he needs to accomplish his tasks. God may use human beings to complete certain tasks, but he never needs them. He allows them to participate with him in the affairs of the world, but only out of his good pleasure. Whenever humans start to think they are indispensable to God, a prideful fall is sure to follow.