Hi! Welcome back to Disciplers website and to our blog. I’ve been wanting to share with you how God has worked in my life through a Scripture verse that was given to me many years ago. I was in San Antonio, Texas attending training for the position of class administrator and substitute teaching leader of my Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class in Honolulu. On the last night, our training class was taken out to a delicious dinner. Beautiful tables were set with fine linens, china, fresh flowers and hand-printed place-cards designating where we were to sit. During the course of the dinner we were told that each of us had a verse written especially for us on the back of our card. The Scripture passage I found on the back of mine was puzzling at first, but over time that verse has led me forward and established me in the word and will of God in ways I never could have imagined. My verse was Numbers 18:20. It is the Lord’s word to Aaron and the Levites before they entered the Promised Land: You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance.
I tucked that place-card with the verse into my Bible and carried it with me to church and Bible study for many years until somehow it must have slipped out. Lost. But I marked the verse in my Bible and over the years I've often thought about its meaning for my life. One day, as I was studying to teach the Disciplers’ lessons on “Egypt to Canaan,” I came across a statement in a commentary: “When God divided Canaan among the twelve tribes of Israel, Levi did not receive a share in the land. God said, I am your portion and your inheritance, (Numbers 18:20) and with those words, Levi became richer than anyone else.” (I’m sorry to say that I do not have the source of that quote. I jotted the words down in my Bible but the author has been lost to me.) It was the last thought in that quote that opened my eyes and really began to change my perspective. The tribe of Levi had no material inheritance in the land, no material wealth, but with God as their inheritance they were incomparably richer than anyone else. From that moment on I have prayed and desired for my heart to be set upon the riches of God far away and above anything on this earth. My eyes were opened to see what real riches are. My riches are God Himself. He has saved me. He has given Himself for me and to me. He is the sovereign Creator and Controller of the universe. How could my heart long for anything more than Him. Should I not be so eternally grateful that I could never stoop to desire anything less than my Creator, my Savior, my Lord?
Sometime later, as I was reading through my Bible, a passage in Psalms caught my eye, O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance (16:5-6). This passage was a confirmation and an encouragement. Yes! I have a good inheritance and I would not seek another. The Lord is my life, and by His purpose and His grace my life was a part of His plan before time began (2 Timothy 1:9). You might say that His plan was written in my DNA.
So as that verse in Numbers was given to me, I now give it to you, the one whom God has led to read this blog today. As a child of God, He is your inheritance also. Are you letting other things or other people crowd your True Inheritance out of your life? He wants to be your life, that’s why He chose you. Will you yield to Him? Will you embrace His plan for you? It is written in your DNA.
I have been involved in Disciplers since 1987, as a discussion leader, teacher, writer, and now as director. I am profoundly committed to the stewardship of this ministry which God has entrusted to me for a time. God’s word is the chief joy of my life. I cherish my personal time in the word, and I am filled with gratitude to be able to share His word with you, my fellow disciples in Christ.