Inheritances are usually a cause of joy, but they can be a challenge too, knowing how to use it wisely. When making our decisions are conscious of our all seeing Lord?

One important situation is alluded to in Psalm 127. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward” (verse 3). A heritage? Do those who have children see them as an inheritance the Lord has provided? We should – and in seeing them that way, we should make treat them with the utmost care and wisdom. But do we?

The Psalmist expands this theme in the next Psalm, “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD” (128:3,4). Let us give careful thought to the first words that God spoke to Adam and Eve about their inheritance. “Be fruitful and multiply and subdue it and have dominion over … Behold I have given you …” (Genesis 1:28,29). What blessings surrounded them in the garden, what an inheritance.

The foolishness of humans has often led to the abuse of God’s blessings; they take for granted their “heritage from the LORD”. In contrast all those who have a relationship with the one who has provided all will value all the aspects of the results that flow from that relationship; it is far more than whether we have children or not.

In Luke 10 Jesus rejoiced. What did he rejoice over? – he was praying, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes Father, for such was your gracious will” (10:21). Let us become as “little children” and then we will know how to use our inheritance.