The banking crisis has caught the attention of most people these days. It is fascinating to read articles as to how it should be corrected, what to keep an eye on, and suggestions for the average person.
We have not accumulated much, but we have worked hard to get what has been obtained and desire our children to benefit. Our love for our children, and wanting to do what is best for each of them, weighs heavily on our hearts.
Solomon struggled with much the same problem although, he being an abundantly wealthy man, had much to decide upon. His thoughts on this very topic have been recorded for us:
“Thus I hated all the fruit of my labor for which I had labored under the sun, for I must leave it to the man who will come after me. And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the fruit of my labor for which I have labored by acting wisely under the sun. This too is vanity.“ (Ecclesiastes 2:18-19, NASB)
Solomon asked God for wisdom in his decision making. As I read his words, I cannot help but wonder if perhaps there is even a greater wealth we leave behind.
And perhaps it isn’t possessions or wealth. Can it be more about “treasure”?
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We work hard to provide for our children the best we can. We want to leave them something which will make life easier or more enjoyable. All very noble indeed. Yet there is nothing we can leave which can guarantee either ease or enjoyment. We cannot even be certain anything we leave them, in the form of monetary gain, will be lasting.
In the wake of all this banking uncertainty, I came to one conclusion – We are to continue to do exactly what we are doing.
We pray, we stay in God’s Word, applying His truth to our own lives. We actively, and consistently, and persistently pursue God’s ways so that our lives become living examples our children will remember and desire for themselves, even after we are gone from this earth.
And then we leave the rest to Him and trust God to do what only He can do ”“ bring our children to Himself, grow them into wise adults, and keep them following His ways.
The treasure we leave them is God Himself. He alone is to be highly esteemed and desired. He alone is Who they will hold onto. It is His very Word we hope they will store up in their hearts and mind.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.“ (Matthew 6:21, NASB)
May He be treasured above all else,
and Jesus be the legacy we leave them.
It can be so difficult to find the right words to comfort our grieving family and friends. In her post, “How to Pray for a Grieving Friend” HERE, Lois Flowers brings wisdom from personal experience: “We can pray that our grieving friends will be able to see through the fog, even if it’s just far enough for the next step.”
Come, sit a spell. Bring your coffee, your posts, and your thoughts. If you link up, kindly visit those who have drawn up a seat around you.