19 February 2011

Whose is it?

Psalm 89:11  The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all.

Everything we can see, touch, smell, hear, and sense the presence of belongs to God.  Every animal, bug, grain of sand, spec of dust, and gust of wind were all created by Him and therefore belongs to Him (Genesis 1:1, 1:25, 1:31; Colossians 1:15-17).  Each item man has built consists entirely of materials harvested from the earth created by God: wood, steel, iron, bronze, copper, coal, oil, stone, gypsum, lime, sand, gold, silver, precious gems, etc.  All the money in the world belongs to God: the paper it is printed on and the metals used to mint coins all belong to God because He created the materials to produce it (Psalm 104:14-15), and, He owns the gold that makes it valuable (Haggai 2:8).

Everything we have is on loan from the One who made, and therefore owns, everything, including us (Psalm 139:13-14).  We really shouldn’t take ownership of things on loan to us.  You may say, “Hey, wait a minute, I worked hard to earn money to buy my house, cars, jewelry, clothes, and all the other stuff I have.  It’s mine, I worked for it.”  I understand why you may feel that way.  Not long ago, I would have agreed with you.  However, the fact is, everything belongs to God, and He graciously provides everything to everyone.  He gives richly, and just like that, He takes away (Job 1:20).  One day, everything will disappear.  Who but the One with the power to make everything appear has the power to make everything disappear—the heavens and the earth included (2 Peter 3:10).

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow!”  Remember His creations belong to Him, lest we become proud, greedy, and selfish.  Share freely with others.  We are to be the vessels through which His blessings flow, not like the Dead Sea where fresh water flows in, and becomes stagnant and lifeless because nothing flows out.

Psalm 104:31  May the glory of the Lord continue forever!  The Lord takes pleasure in all He has made.

(All scriptures quoted are taken from The New Living Translation)

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