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Is God All We Need?

Posted By Denise Miller Holmes on Monday

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I bet you’ve heard this statement in more than one sermon: All we need is God. I’ve heard my friends say it, too. “I don’t need people. I only need God.”

The argument that supports this belief says that God is unfailing. People fail. God is always there. People abandon. God is trustworthy. People betray.

In Genesis 2:18, God says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” There Adam was, surrounded by animals to keep him company, all the food he could eat, and a perfect relationship with God. Yet, God said it wasn’t enough.

It is logical, looking at the context, that God knew that Adam needed someone like himself to relate to. God was looking at Adam’s emotional need for companionship. So, right there, while Adam was surrounded by everything he could ever need to survive, God made him a companion.

She was made from Him. She was like him. And, unlike the animals and God, she had a face he could recognize as human.

Why, then, do we hear sermons preached on not needing people? Why do many of our Christian friends think that God is all they need?

The belief comes from being wounded. When someone wounds us, the natural reaction is to pull away from all people and put everyone in the same category—unsafe.

The pastors that preach this philosophy are saying that because people disappoint, then God must be the only one we depend on.

But, God calls us to depend on people, too. The full and utter dependence we have on God, no, but a measure of dependence, yes.

Do you remember the Twilight Zone episode called The Mind and the Matter? Archibald Beechcroft hates people. They annoy him so much that he follows the directions in a book, The Mind and the Matter, and thinks everyone in the world away. As the only person on earth, he finds life tedious.

When his loneliness culminates to a point he can no longer stand it, he thinks up a world of people exactly like him. But they are annoying because they hate people, too. So he realizes that he needs other people, and puts the world back the way it was. Finally, he is happy.

It isn’t unspiritual to acknowledge we need people. We are created to need people. It is part of God’s plan.

In future posts, we will begin exploring trust, dependence, and how God uses people to bless us.


About The Author

Denise Miller Holmes
Denise Miller Holmes enjoys teaching biblical topics, and especially researching and communicating what Christians believe about the world around them. She sometimes turns established viewpoints on end. A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Journalism, Denise also has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology, and has been a Christian for over 35 years. She belongs to the writers’ groups Words for the Journey and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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4 Responses to “Is God All We Need?”

  1. Joanna says:

    Very insightful post, Denise. I loved the use of scripture to back up your point. I now have a new perspective with regards to the verse in Genesis. Thanks for posting!

  2. Jan says:

    How strange that Greg and I were talking about this very thing this week. Great post. :)

  3. Robbie Iobst says:

    Great post, Denise! Some of the most needed lessons in becoming more like God are found in relationships with other people. We so need each other!

  4. Thank you Jo, Jan, and Robbie for your comments. We so do need each other, and all three of you have blessed me so much!

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