10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.s12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
The expression goes that “possession is nine-tenths of the law”, and when it comes to stewardship understanding who really owns the things we possess is really foundational to understanding the way God views us. Today we are looking at 2 different passages in Psalms that help us to understand this.
In Psalm 50:10-12 God declares that everything is his. There is nothing you and I have ever seen or imagined that ultimately does not belong to God. We can put our name on it, sign contracts, deeds and make deals, but ultimately the things we have do not belong to us. We will die, and someone else gets it.
Psalm 100:3 speaks to this same idea from the context of God has Creator. God created us. He is self-sufficient and dependent on nothing and no one else for His existence. We on the other hand are totally dependent on Him for literally everything we have. Like the sheep that depend on the land of the shepherd for sustenance, we are completely dependent on God for the things that sustain us.
The most natural reaction to those of us who believe this truth is to be thankful for what we have. God does not owe us anything. What we have is a gracious gift from Him, and we should be thankful to Him for it.
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What an awesome devotional this morning. “We will die, and someone else gets it.” Never thought of it like that. How true! God is completely independent, and we are completely dependent. I think if we could keep that in mind and in perspective every day it would help us be more thankful, generous, helpful and better stewards of what God has given us. Even my children are not really mine. God has given me His children to love and raise. I think we would take better care of our “stuff” if we got a hold of this truth. When you look around at all you have today and all God has given us in the beauty of this world remember to be thankful for the one that made it all possible. Thank you God.
These verses are saying that God owns everything and everything is his.. We are his wonderful creations he made us I totally believe that this is true that god made the world and on the 7th day he rested hehe. We owe god alot because he has done alot for us so YEA!!:)….GO!!!! GOD!!!! 😀
It is a very humbling thought to think that truly God has created and given everything to me. Ability, breath, health… I could go on and on. Just like we discussed on Sunday about the master with the stewards and talents…. It’s a wonderful picture of us and the things God has given to us. I am to be a good steward of the gifts and blessings He has given and I will be held accountable for what I have done with them one day. That includes my tangeable possessions, as well as my relationships with those around me. I think is is part of the reason why being a parent is such a big deal cause we are held accountable for how we raise and train our children…. “In the nurture and admonition of the Lord”.
Like I said before, it is a humbling thought and one to praise the Lord. “every good gift and every perfect gift comes from the Lord”. Praise the Lord for Everything He has done and will do.
After reading this I feel silly saying “that’s mine give it back” because it’s all Gods not mine
I’m thankful for God bringing me into his family. And I’m thankful there is a God, because if there wasn’t, when bad things happened I can’t say “well someday I’m going to be with Jesus and there will be no crying” I wouldn’t be able to look forward to being with Him one day. So that’s why I’m thankful for my Saviour.
Ben- this the best post you have ever done on here. Great job man!
What I got out of this is that every thing we have belongs to God and we need to be thankful for what we have and remember that every thing we have belongs to God and he can take it away.
Great post B-lake!
It’s easy to think that the stuff I own on earth is my stuff, because it’s not really. God made us and everything on this earth, and there is certain things we need to survive. (Food, water,..) but God didn’t just give us what we need, He’s blessed us with soo much more than we need! And sometimes I can take adavntage of that, getting spoiled and used to having so much stuff and even wanting more and more stuff. But when I do that I forget that everything belongs to God in the first place, and He has already blessed me with everything I need! I especially don’t any of it, I’m so thankful for everything God has given me! 🙂
i couldn’t say it better alexis! i was thinking the exact same thing.so i really don’t want to copy you.so yea we shouldn’t take advantage of the things he’s given us and much more! i don’t know if im coming tonite so i hope i can! btw,please pray for my mom she’s still a little bit sore from her two root canals. thanks1 🙂 <333333333333
Someone just put on Facebook this morning something that relates to this, and I thought it was incredible. He said, “Religious people believe that God owes them heaven for being good, but Christians know that God doesn’t owe us anything, but through the cross we see righteousness and with Him, He’s given us the opportunity to get to heaven.” God’s given us everything. He’s gracious enough to even let us into His kingdom of heaven. If it was up to what we really are, we all deserve to be separated from God in hell. But God has given us a chance. Like we learned tonight, God’s given us this life that we need to learn how to manage. We need to be building up things, not for here on earth, but things that matter in the kingdom of heaven. I’m so blessed to have such a gracious God, and I really want to be a steward that He can smile at me for.