Friday: August 14, 2020
Ezekiel 16:14-15a Your fame soon spread throughout the world because of your beauty. I dressed you in my splendor and perfected your beauty, says the Sovereign Lord. “But you thought your fame and beauty were your own
Our attitudes towards things are often influenced by the relationships we attach to them, whether they are our possessions or not. Thus, it matters not whether things have been entrusted to us because from the very moment we claim them as ours, our behaviour around them change.
God addresses Jerusalem today highlighting that although ‘He had perfected their beauty in his splendour, they now thought this beauty was their very own. And with that mindset, they used this beauty as they pleased, selling it to the highest bidder if they so desired.
Too often, we misconstrue custodianship as ownership. We however ought to realise that for our lives, our gifts, and everything else we have been given; we are not owners but custodians. The attitude of a custodian is that of ‘I hold something for another and for that, I accountable’. Without this understanding, we are rather likely to misuse these gifts.
So today, there is another reminder to us that we are custodians, not owners.