But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind? (Job 12:7-8,10) The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein (Ps 24:1)~~ We ourselves are not our own; not our bodies, nor our souls, they are not. Even our children are God’s; even those who don’t know Him, nor own their relation to Him. To consider our own nature, and that we must live for ever (whether in the presence or eternal separation from God), when we sit back and look at the earth and all that is in it, we will sit down unsatisfied. What could possibly exist apart from God? What could possibly function without his ordering? What righteousness can WE create that would be accepted by Him? What shall we do, that we may abide in that happy, holy place, where He makes His people holy and happy? We can ONLY be cleansed from our sins, and renewed unto holiness, BY THE BLOOD of Jesus Christ and the washing of the Holy Spirit. We then become His people; we receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of our salvation!