14 House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord.
Gifts from our fathers
Everyone either looks forward to or dreams of suddenly finding out they are part of some inheritance.
It usually requires someone dying (though, the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) shows it is not always necessary), but an inheritance usually comes in the form of a house or money.
There are other forms of inheritance.
The downside is that we can inherit genetic and behavioral qualities, but we may also inherit good qualities.
My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic and commitment to loved ones, and that passed over into my Christian walk, as well. They were only strengthened by the working of the Holy Spirit.
Love and dedication are a great gift to receive from your father (and mother!)
A gift from our Father
No matter what our parents teach us, there is only one way to get a greater gift.
God has blessed me with the most perfect wife, beyond even what I ever dreamed.
This is amazing, because, while we have great families, we come from histories of alcohol abuse and emotional issues. Both of us could have easily followed in so many footsteps of our genetic predecessors for generations back: eating disorders, substance abuse, emotional issues, unwise financial/life decisions, and so one.
Instead, God has helped us both overcome in so many ways (and still helps us to this day), and we are only able to have the strong marriage we have because of His help.
That is the real gift of God: a prudent spouse is one who knows the need for Christ and submits to His leadership. A prudent spouse helps the other out of love for each other and Christ.
Gracious God, thank You for helping us overcome this world. Help us to be good stewards of what You have given us and help us to understand they are gifts from You. For those of us gifted with wise and prudent spouses, give us the wisdom and passion to appreciate and be a helper to our spouses to the glory of Your name!