Psalm 136
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.  Proverbs 13:20-22 (NIV)

I have never had the misfortune of working through a will that was being contested. For that I am truly grateful.  

Lawyers are often needed when a large inheritance is being divided – even when stated in a legal will. Without that framework, the people in some families would tear each other apart over the money or things they expect to get as their entitlement.

Inheritance issues can be controversial, but, in the Bible, inheritance is also a great example of a good gift: it’s given by grace – not earned. It is a gift received from the God who loves us and gives us good gifts from above. Psalm 136 celebrates the way God gave the promised land to Israel “as an inheritance.” Again, and again the refrain echoes, “His love endures forever.” As history shows, Israel had done nothing to earn that inheritance. God was creating a new nation that would bless all nations by providing a Saviour.

In the New Testament, Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). And 1 Peter 1:4 describes salvation as “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”

What a heavenly treasure we have in Christ! All by grace, through faith!

Thank you, Lord, that you are our inheritance, and that to know you, and the Son whom you sent, is eternal life, greater than all and every earthly treasure! Amen!


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