To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it. Deuteronomy 10:14
Ownership is something that most people take some pride in. A young couple take great pride when they begin to own their first home. Teen boys take pride in their first car that they can purchase. These things and many more things are what people are proud of, because they own it.
Along with physical objects, people believe that they own their own lives. They can do with their lives what they want, in any way that they desire. As a whole around the world, ownership of a person is not acceptable.
Once a person owns something, he feels as though it is his and no one else’s to touch without permission. With ownership, people feel that they can do with that object whatever they desire. It belongs to them and no one else.
While people may physical have possession of something, in reality, it does not belong to them. Moses wrote that everything in the heavens, and on this earth belongs to God. Since God has created everything, it does belong to Him and He can do with everything, just as He desires.
The world does not want to believe that God owns everything. And many believers do not always act as though God owns everything. They hold onto things, when God is trying to get them to let go.
Along with God’s ownership of things, He also owns the believer. The believer is no longer his own person, but God’s. This means God can do what He wants with the believer’s life any time He desires. The good news is that God is love and will not do anything that is not done in love, in the best interest of the believer.
As a believer, you must remember that God owns you and everything you have. You are not your own and nothing you have is really yours. Those things have been given on loan from God to be used for His glory.
Be willing to let God use you and what He has given you for His kingdom. Do not hold onto your physical things or your life, as to shrink back and not be used for God’s glory and kingdom.
Trust God with everything, since He owns it all anyways.
I pray today that you will allow God to own your life; that you will allow God to use you for His kingdom; that you will allow God to use your things for His glory; and that you will trust God with your life.
You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end. Hebrews 1:12
Looking around this world and up into the sky, a person can see a lot of wonderful things. One can see great mountains, or valleys, lakes, oceans, rivers, various plants, many animals and much more. Or looking up into the sky to see the moon, sun, and endless stars.
Looking at the beauty of the mountains or the sky can put a person in awe. Those things seen seem to have been there forever and will last forever. Yet, they will come to an end.
Areas have been removed or filled in by man. Erosion from the weather has changed coastlines and mountain tops. Change occurs.
Along with looking at things in nature, one looks at people and see a lot of change. People change all the time. Most people are much different when they are in their forties than when they were in their teens. Views of life change. Ways to act and react to things change. Beliefs often change. Friends come and go. Locations for living change. Level of living change. Jobs change.
All these things change and can cause fear and mistrust in people. People often ask what they can rely on, what can they trust that will remain.
Jesus is the One who was there in the beginning and will be there through the end. He is the One who created the heavens and the earth, and He will be the One who will destroy both. The heavens and earth will be rolled up and tossed out by Jesus, in order to make a new heaven and a new earth not corrupted by sin and death.
Knowing this can give you hope. Jesus remains the same forever. Look in the gospels and see what Jesus was like, that is how He is today. He loved people. He healed people. He forgave people. He was compassionate with people. He listened to people.
All of these things and more, Jesus still does today. He will do each of these things for you today. You can rely on Jesus being there for you in and through every situation in your life. Trust in what He is doing in your life, even when you don’t feel Him.
Jesus will always be the same.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power Jesus has; that you will know the character of Jesus; that you will know Jesus will never change; and that you will trust in all that Jesus leads you in and through.
Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6
When a person is a young child, seeing someone who is in his 30s appears to be very old and been around forever. Later when the child is in his 20s, seeing a person in his 40s-50s appears to be very old and been around forever. As the child gets into his 40s-50s, those that are in their 70s are old and been around forever.
As a human being, forever is a difficult concept to understand. Humans typically live about 80 years or so and then die. Looking around some people will be older, while some will be younger. However, looking at the earth and the heavens, both are older than any human on the earth.
Looking at this world, it does appear that it has been around forever and will be here forever. The reality of it is that the heavens and the earth will be destroyed some day. All the great beauty of this world, the mountains, the lakes, the oceans, rivers, prairies, hills, and the plants of this world will be gone someday.
People like to put their trust in the things that they can see, other people, the land, the buildings, the money and most anything else. All these things will die and fade away for all eternity.
The salvation that Jesus provides will not fade away. It will last for all eternity. Believing in Jesus for the forgiveness of your sins will get you life forever.
Instead of looking to the things of this world to provide for all of your needs, look to God. Look to what is important in light of living forever. If you will live forever, the things you are going through today are worth nothing. These things are only a passing quick moment in eternity.
God will never fail you. His righteousness will never fail. If you have repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you will be saved. Salvation is coming. God will not be slow in making it happen, in His time.
Hang in there till Jesus returns or calls you home, it will be worth it all.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will trust Jesus with your eternity; that you will not fear the present world or situations in your life; and that you will trust God to guide your life here on this earth till you step into eternity.
Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Psalm 36:5
Over the years many people have attempted to describe what love is, while many others have questioned what love is. Volumes of books could be written on the number of poems that have been written about love. Thousands of songs have been sung about love.
Yet, as many poems and songs that have been done about love, many people struggle to describe what true love is. Often, when people think that they have found true love, unfaithfulness steps in and ruins their thought.
People are constantly getting married, saying that they will love each other for life, only to change their mind when their eyes start to wander. One will decide that he/she no longer really loves the other one any more. They choose to no longer be faithful to each other and end up in a divorce and wondering what true love really is.
God is the only one who is really love. The best way to describe God in a single word is: love. His love is perfect and will never end. Look up to the skies at night and see how far you can see. God’s love reaches further than you can see.
God is so filled with love that He was willing to send His Son to a filthy, dirty, sinful world to die a horrible death in order that you may live and have life for eternity. His love will reach down into bars, prisons, broken homes, horrible workplaces, and around the world to touch and change a life.
As God’s love reaches down into the dark places on this earth, He will remain faithful. You can rely on the fact that God will never do the wrong thing. He will never guide you down the wrong path. When God says that He loves you and will love you for all eternity, He meant that. He will never change His mind about His love for you.
Are you trusting and resting in God’s love and faithfulness to and for you?
Or do you see God as though He is a person, unfaithful and changing?
Look to God to know what true love is and what true faithfulness is. You won’t be disappointed.
I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will know God’s faithfulness to you; that you will trust God’s love for you; and that you will give Him praise for who He is.