Devotional | Shannon Miller.
When the land of Israel was portioned out to the twelve tribes, one tribe got nothing. “But to the tribe of Levi, Moses had given no inheritance; the LORD, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as he promised them,” (Joshua 13:33, NIV). Instead of receiving hills, streams, and pastures, they were invited to inherit God.
As I am buying a house, I keep coming face to face with the human tendency to equate material comforts with the state of blessedness. But I was just as richly blessed when I was a student with three pairs of jeans from Wal-mart, because I am an heir (see Eph. 1:3). An heir to a Kingdom that, unlike those jeans and this house, is not fading away. I am part of “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession,”(1 Peter 2:9, ESV) and whether I am rich or poor in this life, I am welcomed like the Levites to inherit God.
During one of my darkest seasons, I asked Abba, “If my career is a failure, if the ones I love walk away, if my dreams come to nothing, what do I get? What is left for me? What was the point?” He answered with the words of J.R.R. Tolkien about heaven: “White shores… and a far green country, under a swift sunrise.” I get Jesus! I get everything! Whether you feel blessed or not today, remember–we inherit God.