A tourist from New York stopped at a filling station to purchase gas after he visited the Grand Canyon. As he was walking inside to purchase 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. We are surrounded by the marvel
of God’s handiwork, yet are not 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!
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 world and its inhabitants are God’s.”
Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize that everything we think we own is Yours. It’s on loan to us to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.