God Doesn’t “Owe” You Anything!

Many people spend their lives trying to get God to “owe” them salvation, or blessing, or answered prayer, etc. But in Job 41:11 we find God stating an important principle: He doesn’t owe anyone anything!

“Who has given to Me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.”

The Lord makes it very clear here: no one has “given” anything to Him which would cause Him to have to “repay” them. God doesn’t owe anyone, anything! This should relieve us of any attempt to get God to “owe” something to us, or “have” to do something for us. Are people trying to do that? Absolutely!

Some think that because they gave something to the church or charity, that God is now under obligation to give them something particular back, or to make them rich, or bless them in some way. They forget what King David said: that whatever we “give” God comes from out of His own hand; from what He had given us already. (I Chronicles 29:14) No matter how much we give, God doesn’t “owe” us anything!

The same is true for our deeds. Whatever we may do for God, He doesn’t “owe” us attention, or blessing, or anything else. If we spend all of our time and days for Him, it comes from the life and strength He has given us anyway, and is only what we ought to give Him.

The bottom line is: you & I may have people who owe us something — but God reminds us here in Job 41:11 that He is not one of them!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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3 Responses to God Doesn’t “Owe” You Anything!

  1. Rick Gomez says:

    And along those lines is Jesus’ comment to His disciples in Luke 17:10

    “So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” (ESV)

    If we will look at ourselves biblically it will become a great deterrent to false pride.

  2. The universe is like a shaken bottle of water. The water represents timespace, energy the Father, “the substance of things hoped for”- Heb11:1. The air represents probability, energy the Holy Spirit, “the evidence of things not seen”- Heb11:1.The bottle itself represents the limitation of impossibilities. The shaking is the one substance exerting its oneness in one direction stirring closed circuitry, represented by the bubbles, that there be something to move out of the way and fill in behind, that all circulating the same way repel, by the basis of Planck’s volume, “the stone which the builders rejected” – Mat21:42, energy the Son, administering orthogonality that not only pushes for confluence for undifferentiation but temporarily blocks the processes of undifferentiation. But, by the second law of thermodynamics undifferentiation is naturally inevitable, centripetal undifferentiating greater than centrifugal orthogonal blocking. Each bubble eventually ceases to exist having its original eternal nonexistence restored. What is it that God took away from us that He didn’t give us, therefore that He owes us back? NONEXISTENCE!

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