God has truly blessed us. We have food, shelter, work, and lots of worldly things. Yet as good as God is to us, do we acknowledge who owns our possessions? Not us. We are the temporary custodians. God has loaned us what we possess.
And lest you say I earned my possessions. Who gave you the ability to earn? God did.
We need to thank God daily for our health, for His provision for us, and to acknowledge that our possessions are temporary, and so is our time on earth. How are we investing God’s time?
Seeing that we deserve nothing–we should be content with, and thankful for anything!
(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669)
It has been every man’s lot to come into and go out of this world naked–to show that he has no right to anything, but lives on the alms of God’s charity and grace. All that we have or hold between our birth and death–is the mere gift of God.
God might choose whether He would allow us anything or not; and when He has given–He may take back again, and none of us has cause to say anything but what Job said: “Naked I came into the world–and naked I shall return. The Lord has given–and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord!” Job 1:21
All that we have, our food and clothing and belongings–are only lent to us. Therefore, seeing that we deserve nothing–we should be content with, and thankful for anything.
“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” 1 Timothy 6:7-8
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001