“With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold for the gold work, silver for the silver, bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood for the wood, as well as onyx for the settings, turquoise, stones of various colors, and all kinds of fine stone and marble–all of these in large quantities… But who am I, and who are my people,
that we should be able to give as generously as this?
Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
I Chronicles 29:2, 14
In the passage above King David speaks to the people of Israel prior to the building of the Temple. The main point of his address is that all possessions are really God’s; nothing really belongs to us. Yes, we work hard for the things we have, and we do well at work and get promoted, but the blessings of a promotion or possessions are inevitably from God. Note David’s statement, “Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand” (2 Chronicles 29:14).
In a prior verse, David says, “Riches and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is at your discretion that people are made great and given strength” (2 Chronicles 29:12). If all things are from God, then He has entrusted us with our jobs, our material things and even our families. We are to manage them well since it all belongs to Him.
Copyright © 2009 M. Teresa Trascritti
(written for Ohio Christian University, Entrepreneur Basics)