GOD’S OWNERSHIP OF ALL I
Memorise: The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1
Read: 1st Chronicles 29:10-16, Bible in one year: 2nd 8:25-10:27
Only God is self-existing. He is the only one whose ground of existence consists in Himself i.e. His existence is self-determined. The existence of every other being or thing is determined by external entities and not by themselves. That external entity is God (Acts 17:28). God’s existence is not determined by anyone, but He determines the existence of all that have never existed, all that now exist, and all that have ever exist, be it spirit, human, physical or non-physical elements – all and everything. Our God is truly awesome! It therefore follows that, He is the One that owns everyone and everything everywhere (Psalm 24:1). Also, the implication of this is that: nobody else really owns anything by himself because both an individual and abilities he exhibits – the talents, physical prowess, intelligence and ability to acquire possessions, all belongs to God (Daniel 2:20-22, Deuteronomy 8:18). This implies that man is just a steward of his own life and anything he may claim to own. He is accountable to God on the way he lives and on what he uses his possessions for (Revelation 20:12).
Wisdom therefore teaches us that we should not hold tenaciously to any possession which God desires from us. This is what David meant in his statements, after leading the people of Israel in making preparation for the building of the temple of God by giving. After he and the people had given of their possessions very bountifully, he expressed with humility his acknowledgement of the fact that both they and all that they contributed actually came from God; God owns them all. If you labour and God refuse to bless your effort, what would you do? This is where our attitude must also change; especially those who when giving a testimony would say, because I fasted many days and prayed very well, so what I desired happened, as if it was just their efforts in prayers that got it done. No! if you pray and God does not answer, what would happen? Our testimony should not direct the attention and glory of the accomplishment to us, but to God.
When you therefore realised that it is God that owns you and gave you the ability to perform all that you do, and that the results you get also belong to Him, you would not find it difficult to give Him whatever He desires of you. When you do so, you will continue to flourish even in generations after you because God would establish a personal covenant with you.
Bless the Lord for His greatness and for being mindful of you.