God could have set up the world with very different rules. He could have withdrawn after creation and let it run itself. A very distant God with no interaction with His creation. In this case prayer would be irrelevant and our petitions to Him would go unanswered.
Or He could interact with us with frequent displays of supernatural power and miracles. Things that could NOT go unnoticed in this world. However, when we read of times he’s done this, say Jews wandering through the desert, it didn’t seem to go so well for the Jewish people and they didn’t listen or heed Him anyways.
But instead, he setup this world so that we are partners with Him. Partners in His kingdom. He doesn’t need us to help him further his kingdom, but he wants us to.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest -Matthew 9:37-38
It’s not that He couldn’t complete the harvest himself. He could do it in a blink of an eye. But he wants us, in fact he created us to work with him to reap the harvest. But why? Why does God ask us to help even though he doesn’t need us to?
That’s a question that could have many answers and I’m not pretending to have them. But when I think of this, I look to myself and my children. When I’m out working in the yard or on the car, did I need my children to help? No, in fact, especially when they were younger, they might actually slow me down. I might have to fix their mistakes, so why did I want them out there with me?
Because I love them. I wanted to spend time with them. They needed to grow and learn how to do these tasks so that someday they could it themselves or show their children. The joy of accomplishment they had on their face when they even did something small to help Dad was priceless. These tasks needed done, but I wanted to spend time with my kids.
God has tasks that need done and miracles to give. He could do them himself. But he loves us enough to want to spend time with us that he asks us to come along and help. He loves to show us how to do things, to share in the joy of delivering a miracle, to spend time with our Father. Is God’s love much different than our love for our children? In this sense, I don’t think so.
Just as my children became partners with me as we worked on the car, we can become Kingdom Partners with God as he works on and in the world around us.