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Leaving an Inheritance

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A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children, and the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22

As you head off to work this morning, you may have a sense of weariness. Another work week is about to begin. But today matters. So does tomorrow. You’re providing for your family, and hopefully being thrifty enough with your wages that you’re storing up an inheritance for your children and even your grandchildren.

Bible commentator Adam Clarke goes a step further than simply providing materially in his exposition of this verse, saying that such a man “files many a prayer in heaven in their behalf, and his good example and advices are remembered and quoted from generation to generation. Besides, whatever property he left was honestly acquired, and well-gotten goods are permanent.”

The point of today’s verse is to think far beyond today, this week, this month, or even this year. Everything you do as a provider and leader of the home is to be done with future generations in mind—making physical and spiritual provisions that will last.

How are you faring in this? If this notion is new to you, that’s okay. You can begin this day with a different mindset than you had last week. If you aren’t sure where to begin, find an older man who has successfully laid the foundations for his children and ask him for advice.