A very rich Father

All the animals in the forest are mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. Ps. 50:10 TEV

My mother-in-law's life was hard from a very early age. Money was scarce and she often went to bed hungry. Much suffering followed, including the death of her youngest brother and her first-born child. Then, with her two youngest children still at home, she lost her beloved husband. With no skills for working outside the home, she took in washing. And yet, through it all, she could often be quoted as saying, "I am not poor. My father owns the cattle on a thousand hills."

Slavery, practiced down through the ages in many countries and by many countries, dehumanizes men and women. They are considered possessions. And no slave ever presumes to inherit the wealth of his master. This is the privilege of the sons. 

Paul's letter to the Romans was to help them understand their new relationship with God. In Romans 8:12 - 17 they are admonished to live by the Spirit. "The Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves.....but makes you God's children." Romans 8:15a.

My mother-in-law may not have had much in the realm of material things in her time on earth, but she knew she had a great inheritance coming. She knew that, as a child of God, she stood to inherit all that He owned; the cattle on a thousand hills and much, much more.

Prayer: Loving Father, we thank you for adopting us as your own. Amen.

Madeline, Nebraska, USA