The verse I want to look at today is Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.” (NLT) The Bible is clear that all of creation ultimately is God’s. Everything has been created by Him, and is sustained by Him too. He didn’t build the internet fiber optic lines, but he did create all the materials used, as well as the minds of the people that envisioned the concepts and brought them to life. We are dependent creatures, whether we want to see ourselves that way or not, and this verse today reminds us of that. We are dependent, and God is active and dependable. He didn’t merely set up the universe and then disappear on vacation. He is deliberately, and strategically, involved in all of His creations. He allows us to make independent decisions, all of which have consequences, sometimes positive and sometimes negative. On one hand we can cultivate beautiful art and develop medicines that save lives, and on the other, we can pollute the planet and hoard resources excluding the needy.
At the end of our time on earth, we will all stand before our creator face to face (not a Zoom meeting or wearing a mask), and give an account for how we chose to live our life. If we choose to adopt a humble approach today, and listen to His voice calling us to trust Him, then we will not only discover the joy of managing what He has entrusted to us, but we will also have an amazing homecoming when our life on Earth ends. If instead, we think of ourselves as the owners, and leave Him out… well, this life will be less than what He intended, and the next one much worse than we can imagine.