READ : Joshua 13:32–14:12
But to the tribe of Levi Moses gave no inheritance; the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance, just as he said to them. (v. 33)
Some people inherit a large sum of money. This may be good for them or bad, depending on how well they have disciplined themselves in the past. The Bible tells us about a more important inheritance than money. While the other tribes inherited land that was valuable, the specially privileged tribe of Levi did not inherit land, but instead “the Lord God of Israel is their inheritance” (13:33).
All Christians have a similar inheritance. Peter says, “According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Peter 1:3–4). Many other passages of Scripture speak of the fact that we are heirs of God and that we shall inherit great riches from him.
An inheritance can also be a challenge. It can be squandered or used wisely. Caleb, who could honestly say he “wholly followed the Lord,” was now 85 years old, but he had his eye on a piece of ground that had not been conquered and he said, “Give me this hill country” (14:12). Would you want an inheritance so that you could sit back and take it easy, or so that you could accomplish some worthwhile goals? (originally published May 18, 1972)
Lord, keep us from the sin of covetousness. Help us to really believe that treasures in heaven are far more important than treasures on earth. Amen.