“How do you make a small fortune?”
“You inherit a large fortune and spend it down.”
This is a common joke among my former colleagues in the Estate Planning business. The truth is, we live in a culture where material possessions are important, and the matter of leaving an inheritance to one’s children is worthy of consideration. An entire industry exists to help people plan for their children’s future financial wellbeing.
But it’s not just a phenomenon of Western Capitalism. If we go back as far as 7,000 years, we see in the earliest record of human civilization a concern for an inheritance. In the Bible we read that “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22). Furthermore, God himself is providing an inheritance for His Son – and we are it! (see Ephesians 1:18). All of that to say, inheritances are not to be taken lightly.
However, I am mindful that we live in a world where resources are limited – and often scarce; and that there are many people who don’t have the privilege of receiving a large inheritance from their parents. Some have good, well-meaning parents, but not necessarily a significant accumulation of resources to be handed down. Others, tragically, have neglectful parents. Whatever the case may be, the lack of an inheritance can be a source of wounding for a person’s soul. Many a person has carried the scars of rejection or disappointment because his parents failed to leave him an inheritance.
We find such a story in Genesis 27, where Jacob (the deceiver) cheats his brother out of his birthright AND his father’s blessing. You can hear the pain in Esau’s voice when he “cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me, even me also, O my father!’ . . . ‘Have you not reserved a blessing for me?’” (vv. 34, 36).
Isaac only had ONE blessing to give. Not only had Esau lost his material inheritance; but a spiritual inheritance as well. Heartbreaking!
As I was reading this I sensed Holy Spirit saying to me, “Sometimes you feel like Esau – like your Father only has one blessing to give. But God is not like that! There is no shortage with Him. He delights to give, and He delights to bless ALL of His children. Trust Him. He has all that you need.”
I want to encourage you today with these words – if you are a child of God, you are a joint heir with Christ (Romans 8:17). You have a significant inheritance, and you will never lack what you need. God’s resources are not limited. As long as you keep looking to natural sources, you may end up disappointed. Your earthly parents may fail you; but your heavenly Father won’t. He is the Good Father, and You can trust Him. Your inheritance, in Him, is sure.
Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2016