“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!'” (Lamentations 3:24, NLT).

Louisiana State Lottery ticket from 1889. Fron...

Louisiana State Lottery ticket from 1889. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you buy lottery tickets in the hope of winning the big jackpot? Maybe you dream of a long lost uncle who dies and leaves you his vast estate and millions of dollars. It’s not unusual to wish for more money—we look at the rich and think life must be so easy and wonderful for them. But money doesn’t solve all problems, sometimes it makes things worse. Some who hit the jackpot end up right back where they started—broke and miserable.

Our best hope isn’t in lottery tickets or rich uncles but in God who is our true inheritance. The riches we have in him now and in the future are the only riches that will make us happy. His abundant grace and mercy help us live guilt free and his Spirit in us helps us extend that grace and mercy to others, enriching everyone around us. The riches we’ll experience in eternity with him are beyond our imagination, but so much better than anyone could ever dream of. It’s fine to buy a lottery ticket, but as you do, remind yourself: The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him!