“Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” (Luke 4:8)
Have you ever stopped and wondered why God created you? This can be a very challenging and soul searching question for those of us who have to live with chronic pain or illness. We can question why we’re even here if we feel like most of our time is spent dealing with all the issues that go along with being ill. We’re not out there doing what we would think are big things for God.
We tend to spend quite a bit of our time just dealing with doctor appointments, getting the housework done, going to work and trying to make it through the day or even getting the yard work done. We spend the energy and time we have just doing what is necessary to live life and we can often feel like we’re really not doing much for God. Does God need us?
But I’d like to challenge you if you think that way, as I’ve recently been challenged myself. Back to the question on why God created you–and me. He didn’t create us because He needed us to spread the Gospel, care for the needy, or even feed the hungry. What we fail to really grasp is that as omnipotent and all powerful as God is, He really does not “need” us–it is simply that He “desires” us.
He desires us to be part of His family, to be His children and to worship Him as can be seen in Luke 19:40 where Jesus said, “I tell you that if these (people) should hold their peace (be quiet and not shout their praises to God), the stones would immediately cry (praise) out.” He was telling the Pharisees that the people were doing the right thing, worshipping God, and if they did not, the very rocks themselves would shout God’s praises.
Unfortunately many of us believe that we must be doing some type of activity for Him. The desire to be doing something for God’s kingdom is a natural outcome of our love for Him and our gratefulness for what He has done in our lives, but it’s not mandatory. I do not believe that God is so self-absorbed that God needs a group of humans to exist so we can be standing around singing to Him.
I believe it is because He genuinely wants us to be part of His family. Also, He knows that as believers who are made in His image, it is a very important part of who we are, and He desires to see that play itself out in our lives.
Why does God need our worship? Worshipping God feeds our spirits and also draws us closer to Him, gives us joy and hope and a thankful attitude for what He has done for us through the sacrifice of His Son. And, I know for myself that when I’m feeling bad or just depressed, the best medicine isn’t what’s sitting in the bottle from my local pharmacy–the best medicine for me is to praise and worship my God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You help me to remember to worship You at all times, especially when I’m not feeling well. I thank You that You created me to be Your child, and that You did so because You wanted to have a relationship with me.
About the author:
Fiona Burky is a retired Licensed Clinical Counselor who lives in Ohio. It is only by God’s grace and strength that she has been able to endure her multiple health issues. You may view her blog at: http://fionab-growingbeyondyourpainfulpast.blogspot.com
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does God need from me today?” When you are too tired for certain activities have you stumbled upon just worshipping Him in whatever way you can?
“Our God is Greater” with Chris Tomlin is sure to encourage you today. Put aside your to-do list and focus on what God needs from you–your presence.