Posted by: glorifyhim1 | September 15, 2018

When the Lord is My Portion

When the Lord is My Portion

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;

therefore I will wait for Him.’”

(Lamentations 3:24, NIV)

 

As I write this devotion, people in my area of the world are waiting for Hurricane Florence, or Tropical Storm Florence, by the time the slow-moving storm makes its way to the Western part of the state. The fact that it will be less powerful and faster moving, however, does not allow us to grow complacent. Our water-soaked area is still predicted to receive between 6-10” of rain in a two-day period, and in some areas more.

 

I live beside a small creek that usually trickles by lazily. We wade in it and allow the dogs to play in the cool water. Our grandkids toss rocks into it and watch sticks lazily float downstream. Yet this lazy little creek can become a boisterous stream during high water events. About a month ago, it spread over our driveway and began to make puddles in our yard. When the rain stopped, it quickly began to recede and return to its banks, but not without creating a host of problems for many people at various points along the stream.

 

Federal funding has been denied for repairs on this little creek; the town has appealed their decision; and now, we wait for a tropical storm, predicted to be bringing heavy rains, to come to an area already water-laden and problem-ridden. We do what we can to prepare. We wait and we wonder what will happen.

 

And as He so often does, God reminded me of a verse that I have clung to in the past and that I will cling to today as well – “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’” (Lamentations 3:24, NIV). What does it mean for the Lord to be my portion?

 

A couple of Psalms likewise make reference to the Lord being our portion (Psalm 16:5 and Psalm 73:26). It was first found in Numbers 18:20 when the Lord said to Aaron: “You shall have no inheritance in their land, nor shall you have any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance among the children of Israel.”  God was explaining to Aaron that the priests did not have an inheritance in in the land distributed to the children of Israel. Their relationship was a special relationship with God Himself.

Believers today are like those priests. Nowhere in Scripture are we promised an inheritance in this world. Yet we are promised an inheritance in God’s kingdom to come. Just like Aaron, God Himself is our portion, our inheritance.

 

When the Lord is my portion, I am willing to wait on Him – no matter what. I trust Him – His will, His timing, His way for me. When the Lord is my portion, I wait on Him – not in resignation – but in confidence, keeping my eyes on Him, seeking Him, praying, hoping in Him.

 

Luke records a story Jesus told in Luke 18:1-8.

 

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’

“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”

And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

 

In this parable, Jesus is encouraging believers to remain persistent in praying and seeking Him. When the Lord is my portion, I will remain faithful.

 

In this world we will have trouble. Jesus told us that. (See John 16:33). There will be storms with wind and rain and there will be other storms that can come in many different ways such as an unexpected phone call with devastating news, or an unwelcome and unexpected medical diagnosis. There will be storms that we may not be able to understand and with which we struggle. But regardless of the troubles we may face, when the Lord is our portion, we can have peace in Him. We know Him. He is the One we expectantly wait on, look to, and trust. We can stand – or hang on – confidently, knowing that the Lord is our portion!

 

 

 

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