Our Inheritance

The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
Lamentations 3:25
It's hard to see people turn their backs on their inheritance, or to reject their heritage. It seldom happens when it involves money or real estate. But most of our heritage is less tangible. When people don't see a material gain in something that's been passed on to them, they more easily let it go. Sometimes people are forced to abandon a religion or quit speaking a language. But most of the time, people just let their heritage slip through their hands because they don't realize what's in it for them.

But heritage is very important in the Bible. When we read accounts of victory and deliverance and answered prayer in the Hebrew Bible, we're not just reading exciting or encouraging stories. We're reading about our inheritance. Knowing those stories makes waiting for God bearable. It makes faith more real, even when we ourselves feel like we lack faith. But when we ignore those stories, or when we count them as nothing, we are giving up on our reasons to be confident that God is there for us. We are surrendering the fight. We are abandoning the wait.

When we read of other people's faith in the Bible, let's remember that that's our inheritance. May it never slip through our fingers unappreciated.

Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward.
 Hebrews 10:35
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Thank you, God, that I am part of a people. Thank you for the stories of how waiting was fulfilled, how victory was won, how prayer was answered. Give me grace to hold onto this heritage of faith in Jesus' Name.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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