Ps 24 v 1-2: The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to Him. For He laid the earth's foundations on the seas and built it on the oceans depths
Isaiah 66 v 1-2: This is what the Lord says: "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. Could you ever build Me a temple as good as that? Could you build a dwelling place for Me? My hands have made both heaven and earth, and they are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken."
Lev 25 v 23: And remember, the land must never be sold on a permanent basis because it really belongs to Me. You are only foreigners and tenants living with Me.
I was paging through my bible wondering what to blog about. I have lots of ideas floating around my mind, just nothing coming together, but in paging through, these 3 scriptures popped out one after another.
In thinking about them I thought that as homeowners we think we look after our stuff, big and small. When we loan something from someone, eg a power tool or whatever, we like to think we look after it and return it in as good a condition as we got it.
As someone who might rent a property - we'd like to think we look after it as if it were our own. I will say, though, my kids tend to be haphazard about looking after things. But if they save and buy something with their hard-saved moneys, they definitely look after THAT purchase pretty well.
I think the above scriptures should firstly put into perspective that nothing is ours! Everything is the Lord's! He may give it to us for a season, be it property, favour with man (in business maybe?), children, relationships. But all these things are loaned to us for God's purposes - not ours! (Please don't think I am discounting anyone who has had loss. I would hate to do that. I am just mulling over these scriptures and what they seem to mean. I am in no way belittling or oversimplifying someone's loss!) And in loaning these things to us, He expects us to look after them as if they are ours.
Job 1 v21: And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord."
This verse was at a time of huge loss for Job. It may sound very harsh and seem that the Lord is playing with our lives - BUT - He isn't! Like Job, we have to accept and acknowledge that God knows best, thank Him at all times no matter how we feel, even if it hurts like crazy. ...Blessed by the name of the Lord!
I want to say here that God sees the bigger picture and we don't - but in fact - God is the bigger picture.
|TRUST HIM -THANK HIM - ALWAYS|
TRUST HIM - in your times of blessedness and in your times of trial
THANK HIM - ALWAYS