“Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.” – Numbers 16:14
Wherever we are, where God has brought us, is a good land, a promised land, a land flowing with whatever we need to live. But there is a process for getting where we are going and we may not have arrived as yet. That does not mean that God is not at work.
The children of Israel were growing impatient in the wilderness. They knew what they had been promised and they wanted it immediately. We envision a brighter future as well and we sometimes grumble when we have to go through the wilderness places along the way.
They were looking for an inheritance and so are we.
How do we receive our inheritance as believers? We inherit what we sow; we inherit, also, what others bestow; and we inherit as we grow.
We inherit what we sow and we know that. As we sow, so shall we also reap. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
One of the reasons the people were in the wilderness so long was that the nation had to learn some important lessons. They had to sow some seeds and some of those seeds had to take root within and among them.
Not only do we inherit what we sow, but we also inherit what others bestow. John 4:38 says “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.”
1 Corinthians 3:6 says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”
We cannot take credit for all the good things that come to us. We are always standing on the shoulders of giants and building upon the efforts of others who have contributed to our lives. When we arrive where we are going, we will have many people to thank.
Finally, we inherit as we grow. We must come into our own in order to receive the full promises of God. Some inheritances await our ultimate “glorification.” However, some are available in our own life and unfold for us as we progress in faith and in wisdom by following Jesus. Sow, receive, and grow!You are welcome to copy this devotion for one-time non-commercial, local church, or educational use. Please include the copyright line printed below with any reproduction. © Master Sunday Bulletins 2012. All rights reserved. Published by Master Sunday Bulletins · Merri V. Dennis, Publisher · Thomas B. Sims, Author