"God doesn’t need man, man needs God."
There is a lot of truth to this statement. Some have said the reason God created man was because He needed someone to love Him or He needed someone to love. Others have said before He can save an individual, He needs that person to repent, or to come forward, or to pray, or to believe.
Many people say many things about God, but that doesn’t mean they’re always right. Unless the things said agree with the scriptures, it’s actually the opposite.
God Doesn’t Need Man
Throughout the entirety of the Bible, details of God’s strength and sovereignty are clearly noted. From Genesis to Revelation, He is the God who surpasses all obstacles, who does as He pleases and answers to no one, as Daniel had written in chapter 4, verse 35, "And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"
He isn’t a God who needs anything, and that includes us. He doesn’t need our faith, He doesn’t need our prayers, He doesn’t need our love, and He doesn’t need our praise.
He is the creator of all and He is above all, as the Apostle Paul said in 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."
King David asked in Psalms 8:4, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" And in Psalms 144:3, "LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!"
Left on our own, we would have never gone to Him. He came to us for our need, not the other way around. The sooner we understand this, the sooner we can understand and appreciate Him more for who He truly is, and for all He has done for us.
Man Needs God
God’s Word describes man – mankind, meaning both male and female – as worms (Job 25:6), as grasshoppers (Isaiah 40:22), and their righteousnesses as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
When a person has been touched by grace, humility isn’t far behind. It’s a wonder to that man, to that woman or child, that God would have anything at all to do with them, much less to save them.
To feel unworthy in this way comes from a realization of personal depravity and one’s own need of God. Depraved, incorrupt people have nothing to give to God. And when the Holy Spirit convicts them of that fact, salvation to them is then rightly all about Christ and all that He had suffered on their behalf while here on earth.
He gave, we received. Not because He needed us, but because we needed Him.
Isn’t that something?
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)