Genesis 24:1-4: Stewardship

“Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, ‘Put your hand under my thigh. I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.’” NIV UK

‘’…the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had’’ (2).

Like Abraham’s servant in this marvellous story, we are stewards. The property we have is God’s property. We have the privilege of managing it under His authority. But all that we have is never really ours. It is always His. This is how we must learn to think about it; and ask Him to guide us in the use of it.

As we get older, I believe we begin to see more clearly how tenuous a link we have with our possessions. At least, we do if we allow ourselves to. If we really think about it, we know that someone else will soon live in that house; inherit those possessions. More than ever, this helps to impress upon our hearts that none of the ‘stuff’ is ours. It never was. But it is our privilege to wisely and faithfully manage the goods of our Master. May He be pleased with what we do.