We are not independent. We do not share this attribute with God. From the moment we are born we are dependent on our parents to feed us, clothe us, and take care of our needs. Our parents even shape our character. If we were fully independent, we would build our own character by ourselves. Obviously this is impossible. Parents, friends, pastors, and ultimately God shape that of who we are today. If we did not have God we would be totally different, making us dependent. Without creation God would be exactly the same, making Him independent. Wayne Grudem, author of Systematic Theology says, “Without creation, God would still be infinitely loving, infinitely just, eternal, omniscient, Trinitarian, and so forth.” God is an unchanging God.
The attribute of independence is often called “self-existence”. God was not created. God is, was, and always will be (Exodus 3:14). It’s hard to wrap our minds around the fact that God always “was”. But we can’t expect to know the mind of the creator who created our minds. God was here before anything came to be. He spoke everything into existence.
Even though a child can’t really give his father anything, the least a child can do is obey everything the father says. God is still able to receive joy from us. We, and the rest of His creation can glorify him. We are commanded to worship Him and glorify Him. Our response to His independence should be thankfulness. We need to constantly think and remind ourselves that He completely takes care of us. We cannot do anything without God. If we really believe that God is the independent creator and gives us every reason to be thankful (because He gave us everything), then we will do what He says and serve Him. God receives joy when we do what He says, just as a father receives joy when his kids obey him. Some say that the reason why God created us is because he felt lonely and needed fellowship with other persons. This is not true. To say that would mean that God was not happy and content with himself, which means that he is not actually an independent God. That would imply that He needed us. When I say that he doesn’t need us, that doesn't mean that we are meaningless. Wayne Grudem says, “…we are in fact very meaningful because God has created us and he has determined that we would be meaningful to him. That is the final definition of genuine significance.” God did not have to create us, but He did anyways, to bring Him glory. It’s encouraging to think that God actually delights in His people and rejoices over them (Isaiah 62:3-5). If we are one of God’s children (a Christian) then we are not meaningless because we live for Him not our own selfish desires.
Because He is independent, God does not need us for anything, yet he chooses to love us, delight in us, and He allows us to bring joy to His heart. This should humble us and help us realize that we have nothing to offer God. He does not need us to accomplish His will, but because we love Him, we will serve Him fervently and live according to His will.