By Pastor Sam Muhlbauer, Living Hope Assembly of God
“Nowhere in the whole country could be found women who were as beautiful as Job’s daughters. Their father gave them and their brothers an inheritance.” Job 42:15 GWT.
This has become one of my favorite verses in the Bible recently. It’s taken from a book with some of the hardest theology to understand, but this verse holds so much power for fathers. The verse speaks of how God blessed Job’s life even more than he did before all his trials and hardship began. And how in return, Job’s children were blessed as well. The part that sticks out to me is that the Bible mentions how Job gave both his sons and daughters an inheritance. It was common in Biblical times for the oldest son to get the most inheritance and the other brothers would share the rest. Rarely if ever did a daughter, or a woman for that matter, receive such a blessing.
However, in this story we see Job was faithful to make sure all of his family was taken care of after his passing. This is mostly talking about an earthly inheritance, one that we would commonly see left in a last will and testament. However, I think there is another inheritance that Job left for his family after he died, a spiritual inheritance.
Think about his story for a moment. Job suffered extreme loss of family, friendships, possessions and health yet through it all he never once cursed God (even though his wife even told him to curse God and die). The spiritual inheritance left by Job would have an exponential ripple effect on his family that came after him. No matter what they went through, no matter the trial and difficulty, they knew their father never turned against God or his faith.
Can we say that today? What kind of spiritual inheritance are we leaving behind for our family and those close to us? I want to leave my sons an earthly blessing once I leave this earth so that they may reap some of the rewards of my earthly labor. However, it’s eternally more important for me to leave them a spiritual legacy that leaves them always looking to Christ no matter the situation.
So my closing challenge to all you fathers out there today is: What kind of inheritance are you leaving for your family?