Who owns the world that you live in?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
(Psalms 24:1 (NIV))

Too many people in our world today seem to have forgotten this simple fact. They go about their daily lives as if they owned everything that they touch. They think that the world was created just for them and that it owes them everything that they can get from it.

Exactly what makes someone forget the truth extolled in Psalms 24:1? What makes someone think that they are the owner of all they see? They have nothing that gives them the rights of ownership. They did not create the world. They did not buy the world. They did not do anything that would entitle them to this belief, for only God can claim any of these actions as His.

for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.
(Psalms 24:2 (NIV))

Ownership requires authorship, or at least having paid a high price to take possession of it. God has done both. He is the Creator. After we were given dominion of the world in Genesis, we also gave it away. God, in all of His grace and mercy, paid the price through His Son, Jesus to take possession of it again.

Legally, this would stand up in any court in the land, yet, we treat the world as if it were our own.

We are simply stewards. We must remember who owns everything. God reminds us.

for every animal of the forest is mine,
and the cattle on a thousand hills.
(Psalms 50:10 (NIV))

Who owns the world that you live in?

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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