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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6 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!

  3. wwbroo says:

    Good afternoon Shawne,

    This morning I woke up feeling rather annoyed – putting it mildly – at governments globally mismanaging the cv-19 situation led as they are by ‘scientists’ who appear to be immune to certain hard facts provided by scientists equally qualified on the topic.

    I won’t go into the details here.

    Anyway, my frustration took me down the road of almost but not quite ‘demanding’ answers from our Lord and Why? given He can do anything are those in ‘charge’ getting away with messing up the entire planet. I confess there’s much of the Pharisee in me.

    You ever felt a ‘burning’ within that’s just got to burst out? If so, you’ll know how I was feeling.

    I’m coming to the point momentarily.

    What is the root of the problem? Actually, to be more accurate and precise the question needs to be reframed to read: What is the root of MY problem?

    Answer: Sense of ENTITLEMENT. Whoops!

    I believe, by the amazing grace of our Lord, that ‘stumbling across’ your ‘God doesn’t OWE You Anything’ wasn’t actually my stumbling and was more to do with his directing my stubborn mule head in the right way.

    So, appreciation where it’s due and I’m grateful for those particular words which resonated with me and cause me to see things differently.



  4. Dan says:

    ok….so Jesus’ claims that “what ever we give up in his name he will repay 100 times fold in this life and the next and eternal life” is a total lunacy or a sadistic claim, since God owes no one anything. Who even prays like that? And then why should we pray for all things then? why does the bible not state thst we should only pray for what God wants ? or what about ” if you who are wicked give good gifts how much more your Father in Heaven? “. What you say compared to this scripture is a bit off….. Or is Jesus not the same as rhe Father? Then why did Jesus not say the same things as in Job? very superficial reasoning. Leave philosophy to the philosophers

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