Our hope, and our inheritance is not found in earthly things. Our inheritance is the promise of the Creator Himself.

In the early hours of December 10, my mom took her last ragged breath in this world and took a cleansing, pure breath in the next one. Her mind and body were instantly restored as she was welcomed home by a loving embrace from her heavenly Father. I’m sure my dad was standing or kneeling somewhere nearby and a joyful reunion likely followed.

My parents were middle class folks. Any meager savings they may have accumulated was spent on medical bills during the years my dad faced his battle with cancer. An inheritance isn’t something that ever entered my or my brother’s minds.

My father-in-law is 91. He worked in and retired from a factory. He and my mother-in-law had 6 children, so he also worked many odd jobs, in addition to any extra shifts he was asked to work at the factory. They were frugal; she sewed, grew a garden each year, and canned vegetables. As a result, their six children never had an unmet need. However, other than a small, rundown farm, an inheritance of large sums of money is unthinkable.

Since her death, my husband and I have attempted to close my mom’s estate, such as it was. We have chuckled at some of the absurdities of government, (don’t get me started)…such as having to take a $13.67 check from the bank to the nursing home so that Medicaid would not think we were stealing from the estate. Really. Oh! And having to call the Veteran’s Administration twice to inform them of her death only to have them deposit her funds, and then send us a letter to send it back. You can’t make this stuff up…

Inheritance: The Source of Our Future Hope

Inheritance. What comes to mind when you think of the word? The child of a wealthy person? People sitting around an attorney’s desk with an air of expectancy? Siblings fighting over heirlooms or the jewelry? The Jerry Springer show? Interesting where our thoughts initially go when that word comes up.

Recently, I was remembering a favorite passage of scripture I turn to in difficult times. You wouldn’t think Lamentations could give anyone cause for hope (!), however, these verses always renew mine.

This I recall to mind, Therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

Lamentations 3:21-24, NKJV

Our hope, and our inheritance is not found in earthly things. Our inheritance is the promise of the Creator Himself.

The Lord is my portion…

Today we have a tendency to think of a portion in regard to food, (as in smaller portions, since dieting is such a huge marketing focus.) Not surprisingly, there are other nuances of the word in the Old Testament that have become lost in today’s vernacular. In our simplification of the language for texting we often lose the richness of word meanings.

For decades the Psalms have given me much solace through seasons of trial, pain or loss. However, the full weight of the meaning of Psalms, such as Psalm 16:5, have only recently been dawning on my spirit.

Oh Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.
Yes, I have a good inheritance.

Psalm 16:5, NKJV

Let your heart rest on that for a moment, as Asaph finally did in Psalm 73 after feeling jealous of his enemies.

GOD, everything HE IS, is our inheritance when we belong to Him. What does it matter if we have houses and lands? We have HIM, the God of Creation.

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing upon earth that I  desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26, ESV

Our hope, and our inheritance is not found in earthly things. Our inheritance is the promise of the Creator Himself.

Inheritance: The Source of Our Present Hope

You might be thinking, “Well, yeah, in the sweet by and by He’s my inheritance, but what about now?”

David answers you…

I cried out to you, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, My portion in the land of the living.”

Psalm 142:5, NKJV

God is our inheritance here, too.  He is our strength, our refuge, our deliverer, our fortress.

So, again, from where will your portion come?

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Our hope, and our inheritance is not found in earthly things. Our inheritance is the promise of the Creator Himself.

Quinsey Sablan

About the author
I’m a happy wife, loving mom of 3, and adoring grandmother of 6, and owner of an adorable Cocker Spaniel. I began blogging in 2016, when, in the midst of completing a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, I began radiation treatment for breast cancer. It became a good outlet for me to connect with other survivors and a good way to let friends and family know what I was experiencing.

Life is a journey full of interesting, surprising, heartbreaking and fun things.

Comments (19)

  1. First of all, I am so sorry for your loss. Are both of the gentlemen now widowers? Aging is such a difficult process. Ps 73:26 is one of my absolute favorites as well.

    1. Thank you for the condolences, Jennifer. My dad died 15 years ago on Sunday, the 21st, after a long battle with cancer.
      It would be difficult for me to choose a favorite Psalm, but 73 would be near the top!

  2. This is so insightful! I love bringing my mind back to the fact that I have all I need in God not only in this life, but also for all eternity.

    1. In this life, with a myriad of voices telling us what we ‘need’ or ‘want’, it IS comforting to return to the abiding truth the He is, indeed, our all in all.

  3. Such an amazing reminder in our society of consumerism, materialism, and entitlement. I deserve nothing. And yet I have the greatest inheritance imaginable! What a great place to focus my thoughts.

    1. Yes, we’re bombarded with it!
      One day, I pray I can humbly say with David, “There is nothing on earth I desire besides You.”

  4. So sorry for your loss! We lost my husband’s mother in June and she didn’t have a will so we’ve been dealing with the state.
    I’m so glad God’s inheritance isn’t up for grabs but it complete and stable. What an amazing inheritance it is. We get to enjoy parts of it now and it will conclude in Heaven!

  5. I really hope to be able to leave my kids something when I die, but most of all, I hope to leave them with the knowledge that God is their inheritance and portion forever.

    1. I feel the same, Alice! Besides, ‘houses and lands come from fathers,’ right? We aren’t responsible for their inheritance! (totally kidding)

    1. Isn’t it tragic that families fight over baubles that will one day end up in a yard sale when they could possess the pearl of great price?

  6. When you said, “He is my portion”, it struck something in me. Thank you for reminding me of this phrase. I’m not living like He is my portion. I’m living within MY strength, MY ability, MY knowledge. How utterly disgusting is that!? He is my portion now and forever. He is my inheritance now and forever. I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother, but I am thankful for your inspired thoughts through it. God is so good to make ashes into beauty. <3

    1. Oh dear Katie! It isn’t ‘disgusting’ that you tend to lean on your own abilities. It’s part of our human condition…and part of the sanctification process that He allows us to see it! Yes-beauty for ashes. Amen.

  7. I am thankful for His inheritance and that I can claim it now. Thankful for Father who loves as He loves and gives the best to His children. The best from His point of view as we may not see it that way with our eyes but when we look with our heart, it is always the best.
    Visiting you from By His Grace.

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