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"Before the mountains were born
or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
Have you ever been around a child who asks the question "Mommy, who made God?" This is a good question but one which is not easy to explain to a child or even my finite mind for that matter. The answer of course is that God did not need to be made because He has always been, and as we can see the attribute of self-existence is closely related to His being eternal and His self-sustaining.
God exists from Himself, He has always existed, and will exist forever, and no one has caused His existence, nor can anyone make it to end. There is simply no cause of His existence outside of Himself. God’s existence is necessary, not dependent on something else. He exists by His own being. The foundation of His existence is not in His will (to exist), but in His divine nature. God does not exist because He wants to, but because His very nature demands that He exist.
His self-existence is seen in the special name by which He revealed Himself to Israel, Yahweh, which means, “I am that I am” (Ex. 6:3; 3:14). Though the following passages do not specifically declare the self-existence of God, it is understood in all that is said about God as the only God and the unparalleled creator of all that exists (cf. Isa. 40:12-17, 21-26; 44:24; 45:5-7 Ps 90:2 Ps 102:25, 26, 27; Isa 40:28, 29, 30, 31; Jonn 5:26; Rev 4:10).
I know that it is hard to understand that something or someone has always been – without a beginning or an end; but just as a little child asks the question, ‘Who made God?’ and then accepts the answer we give them in childlike faith; so should we accept in faith that God is and always was….
My faith is not in something that was created by a finite man like so many of the so called ‘religions’ of this world. The self-existence of God is beyond my understanding, but its truth brings comfort, peace and strength to my heart to know that our God exists independently of all things and is always there for me as His child. Yes, it gives me great comfort to know that a self-existence God promises the following:
"I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU," Heb 13:5
None of the gods or idols made by man can give us such peace and comfort. Only Yahweh Himself can provide a promise such as this!