That Place Of Being God’s Inheritance

March 20, 2013

Friends,
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” (2 Cor. 1:3) And where do we find Him and His compassion and comfort? We find them in His Word. Even the wayward, if they are repentant, can find solace in the miraculous, living Word of God. For even rebuke read there, if responded to (Prov. 1:23), will bring wisdom and righteousness to anyone who is seeking Truth with a genuine and humble heart. (9:8-10)

The words in God’s Word are not only able to make us wise and joyful, not only able to impart peace and rest and confidence, not only able to instruct and deliver, but they are just downright precious. For example Dt. 32:9. It says, “For the LORD’s portion is His people, Jacob His allotted inheritance.” Do we have ears to hear this?! What beautiful words! Jacob, of course, means Israel, the descendants of Abraham (Isa. 41:8), yet it is actually all those who believe who are Abraham’s children (Gal. 3:7), heirs of the blessing (v. 9), and recipients of the promised Holy Spirit. (v. 14) This is the inheritance we possess and walk in, and it is incredible; but, just as incredible, is the fact that we are God’s inheritance. We who have Him, are also His portion, His blessing, and His delight. (Ps. 149:4) Is this not wonderful? –To be set aside for God, to be specially designated as His own exceedingly valued possession (135:4), and to be cared for as His highest treasure? (Dt. 32:10)

If Dt. 32:9 isn’t wonderful enough, let’s read what verses 10-13 say, for they are tender words of love. They tell us that God shields us, cares for us, and guards us as the apple of His eye. And just as an eagle shelters, provides for, and hovers over its young, so the Lord does so for us, also rescuing us, training us, nourishing us, strengthening us, leading us, and carrying us. This He does for us, though “He found us in a desert land, a barren and howling waste.” (See v. 10a) For all of us, to one degree or another, were found by Him in the wretched land of sin, misery, and evil. That land from which there was no escape but only increasing lostness and bondage. There, there is where He found each of us, wooed us, “carried us on eagle’s wings, and brought us to Himself.” (See Ex. 19:4) Himself. That place of refuge. Himself. That place of mercy and forgiveness. Himself. That place of peace, joy, contentment, rest, comfort, and salvation.

It’s also the place where the Creator of the universe holds us close and says tenderly, “O Little Israel who I formed and have redeemed, I am your God, and, you are Mine.” (See Isa. 41:13,14 & 43:1)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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