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All of it belongs to you. 1 Chronicles 29:16
I was 18 years old when I got my first fulltime
job, and I learned an important lesson about the
discipline of saving money. I worked and saved until
I had enough money for a year of school. Then my mom
had emergency surgery, and I realized I had the
money in the bank to pay for her operation.
My love for my mother suddenly took precedence over
my plans for the future. These words in the book
Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot took on new
meaning: “If we hold tightly to anything given to
us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to
let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the
Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of
the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, ‘If God
gave it to me,’ we say, ‘it's mine. I can do what I
want with it.’ No. The truth is that it is ours to
thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, . . .
ours to let go of.”
I realized that the job I
had received and the discipline of saving were gifts
from God! I could give generously to my family
because I was sure God was capable of seeing me
through school another way, and He did.
Today, how might God want us to apply David's prayer
from 1 Chronicles 29:14, “Everything we have has
come from you, and we give you only what you first
gave us”? (nlt).Lord, we know there is
nothing that we have that we obtained on our own.
It’s all Yours. Help us to have open hands for You
to give and take as You please. Increase our faith.
Everything belongs to God
reading puts the true object of worship front and
center. David’s prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:14–19
appears nowhere else in the biblical account and
focuses the reader’s attention on God rather than on
the temple or on King David. This makes perfect
sense given the timeframe and audience of the book.
Although we cannot be certain, Jewish tradition
identifies Ezra as the chronicler. And it’s believed
he wrote between 450 and 400 bc, with his primary
audience being those who had recently returned from
exile in Babylonia. The books of 1 and 2 Chronicles
are unique in that they are historical accounts
written long after the events they describe. About
half of Chronicles is material repeated from earlier
Old Testament books.