You've probably noticed that God's perspective can be 180 degrees different from the world's. Psalm 24:1 says, "The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains" is a good example. People who don't know God oftentimes find this verse disturbing, but believers derive comfort from knowing security in realizing that our heavenly Father owns everything.
We live on God's earth, drink His water, eat His food, breathe His air, feel His sun's warmth, and yes, spend His money. We are simply stewards or managers of all that He entrusts to our care. And since the Lord is the actual owner of everything we have, He has final say regarding what we are to do with it.
Ultimately, the possessions, money, and opportunities God gives us are to be used for His glory. Now, this doesn't mean He demands that we give everything away and live in poverty. The Lord graciously supplies us with good things to enjoy and use. But He also wants us to invest in what will last forever: His work, Word, and people. Everything exlse on earth will eventually turn into ashes.
I pray you find God's guidance regarding your stewardship of His possessions. Ask Him how He wants to use the goods, opportunities, and privileges He's given you. Then hold everything loosely, and let God's Word direct you into His good and perfect will.
—Dr. Charles Stanley
This Month's Scripture
1 Chronicles 16:28-34
28Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
29Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
30Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved.
31Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.
33Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord,
For He is coming to judge the earth.
34Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.