Daily Devotional: Rights of Ownership

Psalm 50:10-11 for August 19, 2009green world

10 For all the animals of the forest are mine,
      and I own the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird on the mountains,
      and all the animals of the field are mine.

How little most of us know about the wonderful garden that God created for us to live in! God knows every bird, even those in the farthest and most deserted mountains! This psalm reminds us that he still owns the earth and holds the whole creation together.

God is  not possessive about the things he owns, for he has graciously given us authority over his creation. This position of stewardship is  more about  receiving than than giving: It involves first receiving the authority and responsibility from God, and the faithfully using it. Just as God requires government officials to look to him for wisdom to rule for the good of the people, so humanity needs God’s wisdom to over such a wonderful and complex creation as the earth for its welfare as well as ours. As we do so, we will be able to work with him to restore some of the beauty in what is both our world and God’s world.

Consider how you may have taken God’s creation for granted. Be looking for ways you can care for and respect the earth, this remarkable place God made for us to live in.

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