Looking Ahead to that Good Inheritance

May 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Family

My 87-year-old mother lives with me, and I have to give her credit today for this devotional.  She was doing her own Bible study yesterday morning and shared with me that it was based on the verse below from the Psalms and how that verse was taking her back in her memory to various points in her life.  When my grandmother was eight her mother died and her father was unable to care for her, she was sent to live with her grandparents.  At the time—and for many years thereafter—she thought she was one of the most misfortunate people on the face of the earth.  All she could think of was all she had lost and how she didn’t have a “real family” like most of her friends did.

Now, however, looking back over the nearly eight decades since her mother died, she sees the faithfulness of God and His blessings and care throughout all those years.  She said she realizes now that she had so much to be thankful for, but she often missed it because she was too busy counting and mourning her losses.

Isn’t that just like us?  Don’t we all often do the same thing? Instead of focusing on the many blessings God has given us, we bemoan the things we have lost or missed in life.  And yet, doesn’t the Word of God say that “the [boundary] lines have fallen” to us in “pleasant places” and that we have a goodly heritage [inheritance]?  Despite the realities of heartache and hardship, trials and tribulations, God calls us joint heirs with Christ.  Can there be any greater inheritance, any more joyful reason to be grateful?

Whatever we are facing today, may we open our eyes (and hearts!) to the pleasant places and good inheritance God has bestowed upon us, and CHOOSE to be grateful people for the many undeserved blessings that have come our way as His beloved children.  One day, when we approach the end of our earthly sojourn, may we to declare that the lines have fallen to us in pleasant places!

QUOTE:  We can count our losses or enjoy our blessings, but we can’t do both at the same time.  Which will it be today?

“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage,” Psalm 16:6 KJV.

Today’s devotion is by Kathi Macias, award-winning author of nearly 30 books, including Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today. She penned the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day and assisted with Zondervan’s New Women’s Devotional Bible. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.

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