From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. (Isaiah 64:4)
This verse took on a powerful new meaning for me in my early twenties when I was discovering new dimensions of the greatness of God. This discovery was coming in the form of teaching that God could not be served, but that he shows his power by serving us.
This was mindboggling to me. I had always taken for granted that the greatness of God consisted in his right to demand service. And, of course, in one sense, that's true. After all, didn't Paul call himself a "servant of the Lord" over and over?
But what about Acts 17:25? "God is not served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything." And what about Mark 10:45? "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
These verses clobbered me.
The Son does not want to be served, but to serve? God does not want to be served, but to give all people everything? Then there were verses like 2 Chronicles 16:9. "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him." God is searching for people for whom he can show his strength.
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]