April 30 – Today’s Readings – Joshua 19-21 and Psalms 120
My meditation for today has to do with ‘allotted inheritance’. The Israelites had an inheritance to receive but they had to take the “promised land” as one united people not as individuals. For months and even years they pursued their goal, knowing the purposes of God. Remember this – God was judging the sin of the nations that lived in Canaan, and at the same time He was giving the land to Israel. As God gave the people victory, they walked into a divine inheritance – cities to dwell in – land to make a living from. This was to be the nation’s inheritance as promised to Abraham, but it was also to be a blessing to individual families.
The “allotment” of land and cities came by “casting lots”. Another way of saying this is that by “lottery”, God gave specific tracts of land to specific tribes. Each family – each individual then got an allotment from within the tribe’s parcel of land. Our “lot” in life also comes from the hand of God. He has determined that we should share in Kingdom blessings, because we are children of the kingdom. We become “entitled” to receive our portion from God – it is our allotment and our inheritance. It is clear in Scripture that the lion’s share of that inheritance comes after death when we get our heavenly reward, but we know God has a portion for you and I right here and now – and His plans for us are good. We know that our God is the author of all blessing – and that He indeed has blessing for us. Therefore we pray differently, we work differently, we save differently and we invest differently. In short we become optimists not pessimists. We see the glass as full and running over. Why? Because it is God’s heart to give us our inheritance – now as well as later.
Let’s take this to a much more spiritual level. The greatest blessing or inheritance God could ever give you is PEOPLE – the people God has placed in your life – people who need to get to know the Lord – people who need to be mentored in the things of God. This truly is an everlasting inheritance – it is an inheritance not only for us but also for God. His desire is that all nations would be saved – all nations would be part of His great family. Psalm 2:28 reads, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.” God said to Abraham – “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)
Let’s begin to live in the full blessing of God – not only for our sake but for the sake of the glory of God and His heavenly kingdom.
1. God has specific blessings for you. Tell of some blessings you have entered into.
2. Tell of blessings you know are there for you, but that you have not received yet.