Have you ever stolen something? I have. I once shoplifted a decorative box I thought was overpriced. After becoming a Christ follower, I mailed a check for the purchase price to the store I stole from. This commandment is straight forward in what it means to us, but what does it say about the nature of God?
1. 19 “And you shall not steal.
Since God owns everything He cannot steal, nor is he required to give. Yet, He gives. Abraham knew Him as Jehovah Jireh, God Provides. As our Creator and Sustainer, the responsibility of meeting our needs falls on His shoulders. The responsibility of being content with His provision falls on ours.
God not only gives, He gives extravagantly. His generosity remains unrivaled. We cannot out give God. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Why should I ever want to steal when He’s given me so much? This reality frees me to learn contentment. It frees me to learn generosity. It frees me to be thankful for all material things I’ve been entrusted with as His steward. It reminds me to praise Him and never steal His glory.
Our disposition to crave, and crave control especially, gets smack upside the head by Jesus’ fulfillment of the eighth command. The devil robbed Him of our souls. By right He should have stolen us all back, but no He paid for us again. Then even more audacious, He leaves us with an invitation to come. Not a demand, but a request. God is no Indian giver. He gave you a will then asked, “Are you willing to follow Me?”
Generous Father, Giver of all good things,
Thank You for your generosity in giving us your Son. Thank You for freeing those of us who stole to steal no more, but work willingly that we may learn to give, and be generous like You.