From the Creed in Luther's Small Catechism

The First Article: Creation.

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

What does this mean? Answer:

I believe that God has made me and all creatures; that He has given me my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my limbs, my reason, and all my senses, and still preserves them; in addition thereto, clothing and shoes, meat and drink, house and homestead, wife and children, fields, cattle, and all my goods; that He provides me richly and daily with all that I need to support this body and life, protects me from all danger, and guards me and preserves me from all evil; and all this out of pure, fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me; for all which I owe it to Him to thank, praise, serve, and obey Him. This is most certainly true.

Daily, God creates and gives us what we need. And why wouldn’t that be the case — it’s God’s to give. It is interesting to note that Luther pairs “daily and abundantly,” which suggests that as much and as often as God “provides” for us at all levels, God never runs out of good things to give us. No, this God who creates all things, “provides … all the necessities and nourishment for this body and life.”

God never runs out. What if this provided the focus of how we think about and live out stewardship?

From a blog post by Paul Lutter on