A man ransacks the ground of the earth, collecting every element and gem to fashion a giant structure to applaud HIS pride. Yep copper, iron, gold, silver, diamonds, nickel, zinc, you name it, HE spent HIS entire life as a chicken scratching the ground, searching, scanning, assorting, documenting, collecting, refining, then using HIS findings to erect HIS bust as a monument to HIMSELF. HE boasts of HIS creation as if the raw materials were HIS.
Meanwhile, all along HE has asserted, ‘there is no God.’ Hmmm.
It takes a thief to be so bold, as a matter of fact, the living room that houses such an edifice would be better named a den of iniquity or a den of thieves. But what is a thief? Ha, simply one who takes what belongs to another, without regard for the owner. That’s right, God owns everything, and yet He allows men to despise Him, regardless……..He is that good.
Tis pure thievery to disregard God. Not too smart. The good news though: there is more hope for a thief than a fool.
And btw, all men are pretty much thieves. We steal employers time, we steal affection, we rob others of their otherwise fine reputation, we steal minutes, hours, days, months, and years by dismissing the Owner of time itself. We are common thieves as we rail at the great Architect of life, disregarding Him, stealing His resources by calling them our own.
But guess what? God loves thieves, but thankfully he also loves liars, adulterers, and backbiters, as He is in the business of making crooked things straight. Just ask John Newton or Saul of Tarsus. If a common pirate or a man who was blameless according to law was crooked, what does this say about you and I?
Ah yes, gotta love that grace of God, which is so darn amazing and deep that He justifies the ungodly. Quite a difference then eh, between the petty theft of men, versus the extravagant riches given freely by God. Riches? Sure. How about understanding, abundant life, discernment, love that is otherworldly, pure joy, patience, contentment, self-control, and perhaps the most exquisite of all: a sound mind.
How about start by giving the Creator His due worth. See that massive oak tree yonder? It is God’s. See the stars; they are His. See the oceans; they are His expanse. See the sand, the camel, the scorpion, yep, you got it, they are compliments of the same Realtor. The holy ground that men walk on is all God’s dirt, and on which all of us have offended the incomparable glory of God.
People may have admired Robin the hood, but thiefdom is still wrong. To utilize every resource the earth has to offer, and deny the Source itself………eh, it’s like stealing. Thou shalt not steal.