Everything belongs to God. Physical, spiritual, emotional; you name it and it was created by God and is of God. But man’s conflict with God arises when man thinks something is his, particularly a right, ability or a creation. Man stumbles when he thinks that he “knows” more or better than God. That’s really the basis of all theisms whether the theist realizes it or not.
Job, like every man at some point in time in his life thought he had it all figured out. God, “out of the whirlwind”, or from an agitated state quickly corrects Job. God says, “Who do you think you are? You don’t have a clue what you are saying because you don’t have the capability of creating true wisdom. Only I do. All that you are doing is lessening my word, its meaning and purpose”.
Yep, that would be man.
God and the Christian
There are certain things that we as Christians do have a handle on. For example we tend not to have a problem thinking abstractly. A good example is the following blessing from David.
“Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. Thine, O Lord is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.” 1 Chronicles 29:10-11
Greatness, power, glory, victory, majesty, heaven, kingdom and exaltations are all beautiful concepts and abstracts. We sing these every Sunday in Church and expound upon them in every holy breath we expel. But the area of focus needs to be on the word, “Thine”. It all belongs to God.
David continues his blessing to God with, “Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name” (1 Chronicles 29:12-13).
Although David is still speaking in broad stroke abstracts he definitely knows that nothing is generated from self. It all comes from God.
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee” (1 Chronicles 29:14)
God and the Practical
The Apostle Paul also knew that, “God that made the world and all things therein” (Acts 17:24). But he expanded past the conceptual and into the practical when addressing the Athenians.
“He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts 17:25) and “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).
Now let’s stop and think about this for a moment. With God all “is thine”. Even our very breath is thine. Even our ability to move is thine. All is thine!
Now let’s take this a step further. Our very spirit and body are not ours either. They are God’s.
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
We can’t even think of something in which God doesn’t know.
“I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2).
Psalms 62 highlights many other things that are not ours but of God.
Salvation and Protection
1 and 2) “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved” (Psalm 62:1-2).
5) “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation (Hope) is from him” (Psalm 62:5).
Strength and Refuge
7) In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
12) Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
Our very salvation is a gift from God. We did not and can not “earn” our salvation. We are created by God, formed and shaped by God everything that we have, do, possess is from God.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2: 8-10).
Nothing is ours. Not even our soul for God, “holdeth our soul in life” (Psalms 66:9). Everything is God’s. Only through the mercy of God do we have. “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Exodus 33:19).
Everything will be alright once man figures out that God, “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will” (Ephesians 1:4-5).
Nothing is ours so let go of it and let God. Only He knows what is best for His creations.
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