A few years ago, I head a Pastor at an Missouri Baptist Convention annual meeting say, “God created us so that He could love us and that we might return love to Him. Reverently speaking, God was lonely. He wanted someone to love and someone who would love Him.” He received applause and a goodly number of ‘Amens’. I thought, “Oh my.” Oh my that he would say such a thing and Oh my that so many Baptists would enthusiastically respond the way they did.
It sounded so, so ... well, so biblical. After all, God is love and He loves His creation. It’s a sentiment that preaches well. However, the man was just flat-out wrong! Sermons like this may preach well, but they do not represent a biblical understanding of the character of the One true and Triune-God. God is not lonely. God has never been lonely. God will never be lonely. The Triune Godhead—God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit—three Persons, co-equal; co-eternal; co-existing—are never found wanting, inadequate, or in need, in any manner whatsoever. We were not created to satisfy God's "lonely" feelings. To suggest so, is to suggest that God is less than God; it is to suggest that God was, without His creation, somehow incomplete, or lacking, or deficient in some way until He made us.
This sentimentalism unwittingly redefines God in a way that God has not defined Himself through the Scriptures. When any of us try to redefine God according to our emotional perceptions, we end up distorting a right view of who He is. It is tantamount to taking His name in vain. Of this we must be very careful. How can anyone really think that the omnipotent, omniscient, and sovereign God who is sitting above the vault of the earth, with the universe full of His glory, existing from all eternity past, is pining away for our fellowship. Surely not.
God is lacking nothing in His person; He is complete and did not make us because He needed us. We are made for His pleasure, according to His purpose, for His glory, which He determines after the council of His own will--not ours (Eph. 1:4-14). As we will see from our text, we were made for His glory; not to satisfy His unmet need of loneliness.
The passage teaches us about a solitary God, who calls a solitary people, with a solitary message, for a solitary purpose.
*ILLUS. Most of you here tonight know the story of Naaman. He was the commander of the army of the king of Syria in the time of Elisha. Having learned of the miracle-performing reputation of the prophet from a captured Israelite girl who waited on his wife, Naaman resolved to go to Israel to seek a cure for his leprosy. He obtained permission from his king, who gave him a letter for the king of Israel asking that Naaman be healed. When Elisha heard of Naaman’s plight, he summoned Naaman to his house. When he arrived, Elisha didn’t even come to the door himself, but sent instructions through a servant that Naaman should go and dip himself in the Jordan seven times. At first Naaman, who had expected the prophet to heal him in person, was angry and disappointed, retorting that Damascus had its own rivers that were better than any in Israel. Finally, however, his servants persuaded him to follow Elisha’s instructions. He washed in the Jordan and was healed, whereupon he returned to Elisha and vowed to sacrifice to no god but Yahweh. The experience brings Naaman to the realization that there really are no other gods then the God who had revealed Himself to Hebrews.
The central truth of this passage come down to this: God is complete in and off Himself. He needs no one and he needs nothing. We, on the other hand, are incomplete until we have God in our lives because we need Him and all that He can provide His children.