Judges 11:21 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites, the inhabitants of that country.
Let me begin today by asking a few simple questions. For example, if you go to a friend’s home and ask to stay a few days, and your friend says ok, does the bed you’re sleeping on suddenly become yours? What if you ask someone if you can borrow a tool to do a job around your house and they loan it to you. When you get the tool home, does it somehow become your tool? I’ve heard the statement, “possession is nine-tenths the law.” The problem is, the last tenth is the real law. The nine-tenths is a practical reality, as it may be hard to regain what you own if someone else has possession of it. However, in most places it’s really not a law. The owner is the owner.
God had given to Israel the land of the Amorites when they first came into the land. Israel did not drive out all the inhabitants off the land, and those who were still there felt that it belonged to them. It just seemed logical. Most of them had lived there all their lives. They grew up there. They planted crops there. It has always been considered their land. Therein was their problem. It’s the same problem most people face today. We somehow think because we possess something it’s ours. When in reality, everything we possess belongs to God. Our homes, our cars, our jobs and our very life are all a gift from God. God is always the one who decides what we may keep and what we must release. It’s wise to hold on to God’s stuff loosely.
We’re all stewards of this planet, and the things on it. When we leave this earth, all those things will go to someone else to be a steward of. We should be good caretakers of these things remembering always, they all belong to God.
What might you be holding onto too tightly?
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