Does God exist for us, or do we exist for God?
Isaiah spoke of the God who acts for his own Name and glory (Isaiah 48:9-11).
Yet, the Apostle Paul asked, “If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). He follows with, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (v32).
We’ve reminded one another in this space that the Scriptures come to fullness (refreshingly new) meaning in the Son— who said he came to reveal the heart of his Father.
Seems to me (in a small space between 2 ears) that if God exists for himself in the way we do (in the moments we regret) then, by reason of his infinite power and authority, he can make anyone he wants, use them for his purposes, and throw them away— or worse, to show that he answers to no one but himself.
But if it is for God’s own glory and Name that he redeemed a liar like Jacob, refusing to share his stage with idols, nations, and heads of state (Daniel 4:28-30)— while allowing himself to be misunderstood, ignored, rejected, insulted, and far worse. If he does all that to show … then….