Inherit the Earth

Inherit the Earth

For evildoers shall be cut off; but those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.  (Ps 37:9)

He himself shall dwell in prosperity, and his descendants shall inherit the earth.  (Ps 25:13)

The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.  (Ps 37:29)

For the upright will dwell in the land, and the blameless will remain in it . . .  (Pro 2:21)

These passages of the Bible focus upon the idea that the righteous have been given a promise to “inherit the earth.”  What does that mean for believers? 

Here are some facts to begin this meditation:

  1. God is the owner of this earth (Ps 24:1).
  2. Those who obey Christ become children of God (Gal 3:27; Heb 5:9), and “joint-heirs” with the Lord (Rom 8:17).
  3. The Father supplies all of our needs (Phil 4:19); we therefore enjoy this earth and its blessings more than all others.
  4. Mainly, however, our inheritance is spiritual (Ac 20:32); we are heirs in the kingdom of Christ (Eph 5:5), and citizenship in that kingdom is available now on this earth (Col 1:13).
  5. Finally, we also look for an inheritance that is reserved for us in heaven (1 Pet 1:4), because we are aware that the earth will be destroyed when Christ returns (2 Pet 3:10).

The verses of Scripture at the beginning of this article all describe a blessing appointed to the righteous in the coming age. 

All who have been made righteous through Jesus Christ shall one day have power over all things, and until then will always receive provision of their needs through Jesus Christ. How blessed we are!

Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 2

Blessed Are All Who Wait for Him, Part 2

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion . . . Blessed are all who WAIT for Him.  (Isa 30:18 NIV, emphasis added)

What does the verse above mean when it talks about “waiting for the Lord”?  I believe that it can refer to two different concepts.  The first is about waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications.  The second is about “waiting on God”—spending time in His presence and waiting to hear His voice and His wisdom.

In our previous blog article (Part 1), we covered the concept of waiting for the Lord to answer our prayers and supplications.  Today, we focus upon the second idea of waiting on God.

When we wait on the Lord, we spend time in His presence.  There are numerous ways to do that and most likely, you’re already familiar with some of them.  We spend time in His presence when we:

  • read the Bible,
  • meditate upon His Word,
  • praise and worship Him,
  • attend Bible study and/or worship services,
  • fellowship with other believers, and
  • sit quietly waiting to hear His still, small voice.

Waiting on the Lord is time spent focused upon Him and the wisdom that He will impart to us.  It is concentrated upon communion with our Savior and upon training a listening heart.  In order to have a listening heart, we need a humble heart.  A humble heart desires to please God, and has patience to wait for His direction and instructions.

(Please see the next blog posting for the final meditation on this subject.)