BEFORE ABRAHAM DIED, he took good care of all his children, establishing each of his sons financially as they left the nest and started families of their own.
BEFORE ABRAHAM DIED, he took good care of all his children, establishing
each of his sons financially as they left the nest and started families of
their own. He had evidently learned from the mistake he'd made with Ishmael
and Hagar, whom he had sent away with inadequate provisions.
Many years ago, a wise and godly financial planner convinced me that
Cynthia and I should share our inheritances before we die. He liked to
quote the old saying, "Do your givin' while you're livin', then you're
knowin' where it's goin'!" Why wait until you're dead before your offspring
and others can enjoy what you have earned and saved?
Abraham chose to do his givin' while he was livin'. While he was alive, he
helped his six sons with Keturah get started; he also helped Ishmael with
his needs. Given Abraham's immense wealth, he was still able to leave a
vast fortune in the hands of Isaac, who inherited the rest from his father.
I believe that this wise planning was one of the reasons Abraham was able
to be at peace in his final days: "Abraham breathed his last and died in a
ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to
his people" (Genesis 25:8, NASB).
Satisfied translates from the Hebrew word sahbah,
which literally means "to be full." Abraham died with a full smile. Full of
years. Full of satisfaction. Full of contentment. When he looked into the
eyes of his children and his grandchildren, he could engage them without a
guilty conscience. He gave of himself, and he shared his resources.
Are you experiencing the joy of releasing your
wealth while you’re still alive, as Abraham did? If not, how can you take the
first steps to do so?
I am coming to you for the third time, and I will
not be a burden to you. I don’t want what you have—I want you. After all,
children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their
2 CORINTHIANS 12:14