Roberta and I are currently walking through the Beth Moore Bible Study called “Breaking Free.” The study has opened my eyes to the captivity of the Israelites, and its parallel to our lives. I bring this up to say that my thoughts today are the result of my study, and Beth Moore’s encouragement.
In Isaiah 38, we find King Hezekiah (who was one of the good kings, he lived righteously, and tore down idols) ill to the point of death. He cries out to God, and in his prayers he promises to walk humbly for the rest of his life. God heals the king and his life goes on. In the next chapter, Hezekiah has all kinds of visitors to his home, happy to see him doing well. One set of visitors came on behalf of the King of Babylon. Hezekiah wasted no time in showing them around, making sure they saw all the glory and spender of his earthly possessions (great example of humility). “Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouse-the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine oil, his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.”
The King had a problem with possession: he did not understand it. As people, we are in true possession of nothing, not even our bodies. Everything that we “have” is God’s, we are stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Everything, our family, money, home, yes even our body (1 Cor 6:19-20) belongs to God.
Still we try to claim things as our own, as hang on to them. It’s a funny thing about possessions, I think that God intends for us to hold to everything with an open hand, but is so hard for us to do. Imagine that you are given $100o in an open hand. Naturally, you would want to close your hand to hang on to the money, right? Well, if you close your hand, you hang on to it, but if you keep your hands open it might get blown away, but you are also in position to receive more.
So, who really owns everything? It is not you.