IT ALL BELONGS TO GOD
By GV Potter
The following post was written by a member of our fellowship.
Consider this statement: Everything we see, hear, feel, smell, taste…all things visible…even the air we breathe…belongs to God! 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 tells us, “For all that is in the heavens and earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom O Lord and You are exalted as head over all. In Your hand is power and might, in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” This important truth goes all the way back to Genesis 1:1, where it states, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis later reveals that this creation even includes us, as it states, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed life into his nostrils, the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Imagine the atmosphere as a giant bubble, and in the center of that “bubble” is the earth. Chemical science tells us that all the elements, compounds and substances that make up the human body can be found on the earth, in the earth, and within the earth’s atmosphere; however, only God has the recipe for creation and the power to bring it all together into a masterful creation. This truth is presented again in the New Testament in Colossians 1:16-17, “For by Him, all things were in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him, and He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.”
When it comes to earthly possessions, some people believe, “I earned them, so they’re all mine!” But that’s where they had better think again! God wants us to enjoy our things without becoming obsessed with them. Accumulating possessions has a way of eclipsing God’s work in our lives. You’ve heard the expression, “He who dies with the most toys wins!” How tragic and untrue! We won’t last long on this earth. We age, we weaken, and we eventually die. When we do, we can’t take anything with us. Psalm 49:17 tells us, “For when he dies, he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.” But still, many people believe that the more possessions they have, the safer their lives become. Untrue again! Amassing possessions does not bring security; in fact, the more possessions we have, the more we have to lose. It’s ironic, because the more things we accumulate, the more obsessively protective we become over them, and we then experience a greater fear that they all could be swept away by events we cannot control.
We may take what God created and then cut it, melt it, fuse it, and reshape it for our needs and pleasures…but we don’t really own anything. God declared in Haggai 2:8, “The silver is mine and the gold is mine.” The Apostle Paul put it into perspective when he wrote, “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the Living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy: Let them do good, that they may be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). God wants us to enjoy these things without becoming obsessed with them. So, how do we avoid this trap? Remember that everything we have comes from God and He is the source of everything we will ever need. It all belongs to God!
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