God’s Part / Our Part
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 “Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”
Ownership or stewardship? The Lord owns all our possessions. He created all things in the first six days, and He never transferred the ownership of His creation to people. As we shall see throughout this study, recognizing God’s ownership is crucial in allowing Jesus Christ to become the Lord of our money and possessions.
Deuteronomy 10:14b “Heaven is the LORD’s . . . the earth also, with all that therein is.” Psalm 50:10-12 “Every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills . . . the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof.”
Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
So often, people who have financial problems could have avoided them if they had sought counsel from someone who understands God’s perspective of money. There are two attitudes that keep us from seeking counsel. The first one is pride – our culture perceives seeking advice as a sign of weakness. The second is stubbornness – we don’t want to be told we can’t afford what we already have decided to buy. But in His Word, God encourages us to seek advice from godly counselors and use their wisdom for our benefit. Proverbs 19:20 “Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.”