By most measurements, my mother’s estate was small. But when you’re dealing with the requirements of bureaucracy, there is still a lot of paperwork. Document after document was passed my way as executor. I had to sign each one in front of a notary public, who gave proof that I was, indeed, me.
That’s the way things go with an inheritance. Everything must be done carefully, with full documentation, and under the careful eye of a governmental authority. Each document I signed was stamped with the official seal of the probate court of the State of Michigan.
Why? Why are all the proofs, seals, and signatures necessary? To verify the truth. To prove that the estate was handled in a way that reflects my mother’s wishes.
Our heavenly Father also secures His inheritance for His children. He has sealed it with the Holy Spirit, who validates our right to the riches God bestows upon us. Nothing and no one can take it away from us. His presence in our lives assures us that it belongs to us and that our Father will make good on all of His promises.
God’s terms are solid, without loophole or need for appeal. And since His promises are made without regard for anything we could do to earn them, His inheritance does not depend on us. We can’t make it happen. We can’t earn it. We can’t sign for it or validate it in any way. It is God’s estate, His will and testament. Because of that, it is a sure thing—and we trust it to be there anytime we need it.
Written by Ron Benson