Be still for the Lord and wait patiently for him…For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land” Psalm 37:7-9
I have been reading a devotional by Andrew Murray on Waiting for God and listening to Robert Morris preach on the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-31). In the parable the younger son wouldn’t wait for his inheritance – he wanted it now. The older son waited bitterly and missed out on the joy of his inheritance. Many scriptures remind us that we, too, are promised an inheritance.
So imagine this: A father owns masses of property and a huge business empire and he is a good man who is respected and renowned. His sons are set to inherit all of this. But they must wait – it is not theirs yet. They can enjoy the fruits of that inheritance now (for the father gladly shares it with them and involves them in business affairs) but they cannot have their own way. They cannot order things to their own purposes but must operate according to their father’s wishes. They have not earned this inheritance – it is not their actions that mean they will inherit but rather their relationship with their father.
We are those sons and our Father in heaven gladly shares all that he has with us. Through our relationship with the Lord we receive righteousness, authority and the presence and provision of the Almighty God. We can well afford to wait for our inheritance – and in that period of waiting we can learn much about our Father’s business in order that we will be ready to reign with him.
If you want to read more about our inheritance then look up some of these scriptures (NB. There are a great many more that also speak of our inheritance).
Deuteronomy 18:2; Colossians 1:12, 3:24; Ephesians 1:14; Acts 20:32; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4
My prayer: Father God, thank you for bringing me into your family and enabling me to share in all the blessings associated with that. Thank you for providing for me and thank you for being with me. Please show me how to live and work and love in a way that brings honour to our family name. Teach me how to think and behave, and through your Holy Spirit make me more like you. In Jesus’ name. Amen