Book: Proverbs 13
“Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”
When reading this proverb I often wondered why the inheritance is left to the grandchildren instead of the children. After some consideration of other passages of scripture I have come to realize that actually the children are the ones to receive the inheritance in the short term but the goal should be that it is eventually passed down to their children. The point here is that wise people live life in such a way that it will benefit the generations that will come behind them (not just the next generation).
When discussing inheritance, immediately thoughts are about leaving financial wealth. Although this is true and valuable it is not the whole picture. If parents do not train up their children to be wise with finances then when the inheritance is received it will be quickly wasted. There will not be anything left for the grandchildren. On the other hand, parents who teach their children the value of money, and demonstrate it with the way they handle their finances, they are preparing their children to eventually pass this wisdom on to their grandchildren.
But most importantly, the greatest inheritance that a parent can pass on to their offspring is “the fear of the Lord”. Demonstrating and living their life out in this way is a wonderful inheritance for children and grandchildren. I encourage you to read Deuteronomy 6. Here are a few verses from this chapter:
“…You and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live.”
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.”
“Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.”
God gave these words through Moses, to the people of Israel while they were camped on the east side of the Jordan river getting ready to go into the promised land. He wanted to make sure that there would be a great inheritance passed down from generation to generation. If the inheritance is not, first of all, based on obedience to God, then the financial part will eventually fail.
If you have children (of any age), ask God to show you how you can be wise in preparing to pass on your inheritance to the next generation so that it gets further passed on to your grandchildren and great grandchildren.