God’s gain?

If God were to gain something, it implies that he has a lack. It suggests that he needs something. This would also suggest that he is out to get something for himself.

One of Job’s friends asks some important questions:

“Can a man be profitable to God? Surely he who is wise is profitable to himself. Is it any pleasure to the almighty if you are in the right, or is it gain to him if you make your ways blameless? Is it for your fear of him that he reproves you and enters into judgement with you? (Job 22:2-4)

The answer to each of the questions above is “no” God is not trying to get anything out of us. The fact is that he is all sufficient and needs nothing.

But God’s purposes are beyond our understanding. For our own good, we need to be in a right relationship with him. Our love for him needs to be genuine. The reason for our relationship with God needs to be genuine. Our trust in him needs to be firm even in difficult times.

God is not out to get something from us. We are the ones who get all the benefits of this wonderful relationship.

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