Daily Wisdom 297: Proverbs 13:22

Proverbs 13:22 (NKJV) — 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

The inheritance of a good person and the sinner’s wealth. Good persons carefully conserve, use less than they produce, and spend less than they earn in order to leave an inheritance not only to their children but also to their grandchildren. This verse thus indicates the wisdom of saving and investing. The inheritance it speaks of probably also describes the lasting positive influence godly persons have, not only on their children but also upon their grandchildren. (See Proverbs 17:6.)

Materialism has so affected the thinking of people that a popular view of inheritance is expressed on a bumper sticker: “We’re spending our children’s inheritance.” The idea is to use up everything one has and to leave nothing behind. But righteous persons are concerned about more than just their personal gratification. They are more interested in raising up the foundations of many godly generations. (See Isaiah 58:12.)

On the other hand, when people disregard God and rob Him in order to amass wealth, God has a way of placing that wealth into the hands of those who are just. Only the righteous have an everlasting inheritance.