God Owns Everything
By: Tom Copland
1. God owns all the money. “‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty” (Haggai 2:8).
At the time this verse was written, silver and gold were used as a means of exchange (i.e., like money), so I believe a modern-day interpretation of this verse would be that God owns all the money.
2. God owns all the livestock.
“Hear, O my people, and I will speak O Israel, and I will testify against you: I am God, your God. I do not rebuke you for your sacrifices or your burnt offerings, which are ever before me. I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.” (Psalm 50:7–10, emphasis added)
At the time this verse was written, many people retained material wealth in their livestock, and this was frequently a measure of one’s material resources.
3. God created everything and therefore owns everything:
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.” (Psalm 24:1, 2)
Everything in the heavens and earth is yours O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything. Riches and honour come from you alone, and you are the Ruler of all mankind; your hand controls power and might, and it is at your discretion that men are made great and given strength. (1 Chronicles 29: 11, 12 TLB)
For Christians, I think the most important thing is to acknowledge, in heart and in mind, that God owns everything.
In order to do this practically, is important to learn and implement God’s principles as outlined in his Word and utilize the material resources that God has given us according to God’s will and not our own will.