Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
“Mine, mine it is all mine.” Children, at an early age often get this attitude with their toys. This often applies to first-born children especially. However, put yourself in the firstborn’s shoes for just a moment. Imagine what they might be thinking. Something like, “I have grown up with all the toys being mine. I could play with them when I want and then just leave them and not worry about anybody touching them. (That is unless mom puts them away.) Then it happens. Mom and dad were so happy as they announce, “You are going to have a baby brother or sister.” At first, the idea seems great. Then what they have called the big day arrives. This bundle of noises and smells has now joined our family. So far, not too bad, but he is stealing away some of the attention I use to have. Oh well, at least I still have all my toys.” Then a few months later, this little addition to the family has violated everything that is sacred. “He is chewing on my toy! It is my toy. I had it first and it is not a chew toy. It is mine, mine, in fact their all mine. You gave them to me! MOM….” Does this scene sound too familiar? The problem is some people have never grown out of this “mine, mine” attitude. So, what might be one of the causes?
For the baby it was the idea of, “you gave them to me first.” That is probably the problem with adults too. We forget someone had it before us. In the case of the baby, the toy was bought by the parents and was theirs to give to whom they choose. In addition, children should learn to share and enjoy what is given by their parents. For adults it is the same thing. Today’s verse says the earth and everything on it belongs to the Lord. Our heavenly Father has given things to us. We need to remember everything is God’s, and always has been. Not just everything, but everyone also!
Everything and everyone belong to God. We should be gentle with His things. They are not chew toys you know!
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2 Kings 7, 8 / Psalm 24 / Proverbs 27 / Mark 4
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