Friday, January 25, 2013
Can We Make God's Life Better?
Job 22:2-3 Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
Eliphaz the Temenite here is asking Job if somehow he is improving God's existence by Job's righteous works and effort. We sometimes have the same idea. We imagine that God is somehow better off, more fulfilled, more complete because we are doing things for Him.
The simple truth is that God doesn't need us, even to spread the Gospel. Jesus said that if the disciples didn't proclaim the Gospel that the stones would do it.
Luke 19:40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
Job 22:2 asks if we can be profitable to God in the same way that a wise man is profitable to himself. How is that? A wise man profits himself by acting wisely and increasing his own worth. Do we really imagine that there is anything that we can do that can increase the worth of God? Certainly not. Do we really think that God is deficient in some area and we can complete Him? No.
Adam Clark's Commentary on this verse says, " A man may be profitable to a man, but no man can profit his Maker. He has no interest in thy conduct; he does not punish thee because thou hast offended and deprived him of some good. Thy iniquities are against justice, and justice requires thy punishment."
In our own arrogance, pride, and self importance we have the idea that somehow we are doing something for God that will profit Him. We cannot. He is complete, in need of nothing. He doesn't need our love, our worship, or our work. However we do these things in order to please Him.
One of my favourite sayings is, "For the Glory of God and the Benefit of Someone Else."
We do not benefit God by our actions and efforts, we benefit others and give the glory to God.