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.