Scripture Reading: Proverbs 20:21-22
“An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.” (Proverbs 20:21)
Have you ever noticed how people become greedy when their parents die? Brothers and sisters who have gotten along together beautifully all their lives, suddenly become deadly enemies when the parent’s Last Will and Testimony is read, and the family possessions are divided.
I have seen how covetous the sons and daughters and grandchildren become when even a few cheap things are left in an estate. They will steal and lie and cheat and do all manner of wrong things to get possession of them.
The word “hastily” in Hebrew is bachal (973). It means, “to feel, loathing, to be detested, to be nauseated, to reject.” How aptly it describes the feeling one has when he sees an inheritance gotten by greed. Today we would say, “It is sickening to see how she schemed and lied and stole the small inheritance her mother left her and her brother.”
I have known of such big disagreements that have arisen over the dividing of an inheritance that family relationships were permanently broken — all for a few thousand dollars and a few antiques, none of which were really worth more than their sentimental value.
Never be guilty of coveting what someone else left behind! It will only leave a curse. In the end there will be no blessing on it, and you will have lost the love of your family.
If they are greedy — let them have it, and don’t feel bad. God is able to give you much more than your dead mother can!
“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee.” (Proverbs 20:22)
Don’t hold on to a grudge. It will make you bitter. Bitterness leads to irritation, and irritation leads to anger, and anger leads to unreasonableness, and that leads to disaster.
Turn your hurts and disappointments over to God. He can and will take care of everything. God says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord” (Romans 12:19).
God reserves the right to pass judgment and to punish whoever is in the wrong in every case — including yours. Don’t ever take it out of His hands, for you will do yourself harm if you try to “pay him back.” Besides, God can do a much better job than you can! He knows how to punish where it hurts, and He will give every chance of repentance to the wrongdoer.
So leave that one with the Lord, even the one who “stole” your mother’s diamond ring.
He will give vengeance! And believe me, He will not spare in the day of vengeance.
Gems of Wisdom by Gwen Shaw
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