Who Owns All This Land, Anyhow?

A tourist from New York stopped at a service station to purchase gas after he visited the Grand Canyon. As he was walking inside to buy a soft drink, he noticed a farmer sitting near the door, slowly rocking back and forth observing the visitors.

“Wow,” said the tourist, “that Grand Canyon is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. It’s so big it leaves me breathless. What do you think of it, sir?” he asked.

“It’d be a horrible place to lose a cow,” he said slowly.

We live among God’s great gifts every day. Sadly, we rarely pause to admire them, or even stop to thank Him for them. We are surrounded by the marvel of God’s handiwork yet are rarely aware of it. Not David. He was continually in awe of God and His creation. On one occasion, overwhelmed at the sight before him, he exclaimed, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; the world and all who dwell in it.”

Looking at the way David’s thought unfolds, he is calling our attention to the fact that whatever we think we own or possess or have at our disposal, is not ours - it is God’s, and He has entrusted us to be His managers of everything. Everything! We own nothing!

Wherever we look and whatever we see is God’s. We may have a deed to a home or a title to a car or a large portfolio of stocks or an unreasonable amount of cash in a bank. But, we have no control over any of our possessions. With the tick of a clock or the beat of a heart, everything could be gone. “The earth and everything in it are the Lords!”

Prayer:  Help us, Father, to accept the fact that everything we think we own, we don’t. It’s entrusted to us to invest to bring honor and glory to You. For Jesus’ sake, Amen!

Scripture For Today: The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; the world and all who dwell in it. Psalm 24:1

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