God owns everything because He created everything: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1) King David wrote, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon seas, and established it upon the floods” (Psalm 24:1, 2). God put Adam, the first man, in the Garden of Eden to tend it and allowed him to eat of anything except from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Like Adam and Eve we were also created and given food by God. We have been given a place to live by God. We belong to Him along with everything we think is ours. It is all God’s stuff.
Eden was a great garden residence that God gave to Adam and Eve. The Garden even had gold and other valuables (Genesis 2:10-12). But anything they had must not have been theirs really. We know that because when they sinned, they were driven from the Garden and didn’t take anything with them (Genesis 3:24). They lived in God’s Garden and enjoyed God’s food gifts and everything else, but it was all God’s. Because of sin, they lost access to it all.
If we have ever lost our jobs, gone bankrupt, watched our portfolio shrink, had something repossessed, or ever been forced to downsize or sell off, we should have learned that everything belongs to God. He creates wealth and anything else He gives us to use, but none of it is our possession really. If it can be taken away, it is not ours.
If we don’t learn it by life experiences, there is something we should learn from every funeral. We don’t own anything because we don’t take it with us. Solomon, the wisest man ever, said, “As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand” (Ecclesiastes 5:15). The apostle Paul concurred, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we carry nothing out” (1Timothy 6:7). God didn’t mince His words about how temporary material things are. We only have them for a little while.