In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he mentions one reason for a person to be grateful to the Lord (among many reasons). He said, “Now God who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your supply of seed and will cause the harvest of your righteousness to grow. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous on every occasion, which is producing through us thanksgiving to God” (9:10-11, NET). Paul said this in a context of a great collection being gathered for saints in a different location suffering deprivation. Sometimes we can fail to remember or reflect on just how well we have it in regards to material things. It may be that in our society we are poor, but those of a generous heart will even give of their poverty to help another. That is the love of God!
It is the prerogative of the parent (parents) to leave an inheritance to the children, or descendants. What is it that you will leave? Will it be all your earthly possessions, or will it be a portion? Whatever it is, it is in your power to do as you wish.
In 1 Chronicles 28 and 29, one reads of the last days of David and his counsel to his son Solomon. He counseled him in regards to loyalty and to the building of the Temple and its complex. In 29:2-5, David speaks of that which he gave to the work. As king he could give a lot, but it is of note that what he gave was that which belonged to him (vs. 3).
You will remember in your reading that the Lord was satisfied with the tabernacle plans and product he gave to Moses some 400 years earlier (1 Chronicles 17:6). That which David had prepared to build was of his desire, but once it was set in motion, the plans were of the Lord (28:19). David gave much in heart and materials to this plan.
It was David’s wish to do this, and he set himself on that course. My wife and I won’t be able to leave much to our girls, for we won’t have much. That which we have—it will all be theirs. What is of greater importance to us is what they already gained from us, that is, our teaching them the Lord’s way and prioritizing Him in our lives.
That which David gave belonged to the Lord already, and in his word of praise he mentioned as much (29:14). That which the Lord gave to each of us is that which already belongs to Him. What we leave our children, will it be material, or something of greater value? Have we prepared them well-enough to face life as it is, and to face the Lord as He is?