Shepherd Daily Devotional – He Owns Everything – Part 1

Written By Ben Dankaka

Meditation – Psalm 136:21

Have you ever wondered why God ejected other kingdoms and gave their land to the Israelites? The Scriptures say that God struck down great kings and gave their land to his servant, Israel. In particular, God killed Sihon, king of the Amorites and Og King of Bashan, in order to give their land as inheritance to the people of Israel. Why would God take what belongs to a person and give it to another person? Off course, the Bible teaches that the reason why God expelled other nations and gave their kingdoms to the Israelites was because of their abominable ways. Because they served idols and defiled their lands through evil practices, God displaced them. But God wouldn’t have been able to do that if the earth wasn’t His property. David said, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Because God owns everything, He chooses who to bless.

As leaders, it is important for us to recognize that God is the “Boss of all bosses.” Never lead with the mentality that the buck ends with you. You may be the leader of a country, organization or family; you may be in charge of lives and properties; but always bear in mind that you are accountable to God. God is not only in charge of heaven, He is in control of the earth. No matter how powerful you are, try not to do anything that affects God’s authority. Solomon was wise, rich and powerful. But when he forsook God and followed other gods, God tore his kingdom and gave a large chunk to his subordinate, Jeroboam. When Jeroboam also abandoned God, God retrieved the throne and wipe out every male in his family. Because God owns everything, every leader must honor Him.

Prayer: Dear Lord, be my Master. Amen.

REFERENCES/FURTHER STUDY: Psalm 136; Leviticus 18:24-25; Psalm 24:1; 1Kings 14:7-10  

Unless otherwise stated all scripture quotations are from the Holy Bible, New International Version.