For the past month or so I’ve been slugging through Ezekiel. I’m doing a chronological reading plan that’s supposed to take you through the Bible in a year, although my version is a two-year plan.
Ezekiel is a hard book to keep my head in. My eyes can tend to glaze over. But the other day I came to a passage that discussed the Levitical priests inheritance:
“This shall be their inheritance: I am their inheritance: and you shall give them no possession in Israel; I am their possession.” 44:28
The Lord was the Levitical priests’ inheritance. They did not receive an inheritance of land, like the other tribes of Israel. Their inheritance and possession was the Lord himself.
As I read this tiny verse tucked in Ezekiel, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’m satisfied with possessing “only” the Lord. It everything else was stripped away, like Job, would possessing Him be enough? Or do I demand a larger inheritance? A more material one? Am I content with the presence of the Lord as my blessing or do I long for an inheritance that includes an easy life, a nice home, good health, obedient kids, a loving husband?
Nothing is wrong with these desires at all. But, if I turn them into rights, an inheritance I deserve, I’ll be come bitter if I don’t have them. God never promised the American dream. He only promised himself.