"The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him."
Isn’t it amazing how quickly we assume ownership of things? A small child will stumble upon something or be handed something to occupy them for a short time and many times they immediately take ownership of that item shouting “MINE!” defiantly if you try to take it from them. We tend to do the same thing with the things that we have as if the real ownership is ours. This passage reminds us that not only does everything belong to God but was also set into place by Him.
What I also find interesting here is if you study into the creation story reflected here, you find that in creation God brought order to chaos. In other words, God subdued an out of control, crazy chaotic mess and transformed it into the beautiful planet on which we live. When I say I find this interesting, it goes back to this idea of misplaced ownership. When we correctly set our hearts and minds on the reality of God’s ownership of everything and our responsibility of stewardship, then things seem to flow well. However, when we forget and/or deny the reality of God’s ownership of everything and we start trying to claim wrongful ownership of what we have, then things seem to go back into a chaotic state.
God created it all and owns it all, our responsibility is to be good stewards of what has been placed in our care. Thinking otherwise isn’t worth inviting chaos and everything that comes with that into play. www.cultivategenerosity.com