I was awakened at 4:00 a.m. to let the dogs out and after a few minutes, realized I wasn’t going back to sleep. I opened my email to see a devotion from yesterday that I had not gotten to. The opening verse of that devotion was Lamentations 3:24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” Another place we see the Lord as my portion, is in Psalm 73. We see Asaph saying that his foothold almost slipped because he began envying the life of the arrogant. It appeared they had it easier and he had lived a pure life. But then, something happened, he entered the sanctuary of God. Then, he began giving praise to God. He saw his ignorance and his bitterness. After recognition of his own depravity, he was then free to give praise to God. He sees that God holds his hand, guides him, has an inheritance for him. In verse 25-26, he says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.My flesh and my heart may fail,but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. “
The Lord is my portion! I started thinking, “Am I really living as if the Lord is my portion? Am I satisfied with my portion? Am I at a point in my life that earth has nothing I desire?” My prayer is to grow closer and closer to God, to be sanctified to a place that literally nothing on earth matters, besides God, Christ, the Holy Spirit. We are promised in so many places that God will take care of His own, according to HIS plan.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
We often like to use this verse as encouragement, but if we look deeper into Scripture, we will find that there is a little more to it. What are His riches in glory? Are there requirements for our needs being supplied? Let’s take a look at other related verses:
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his [r]life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Does God have a reason for offering His kindness? Yes, His kindess is intended to lead you to repentance? He also gives us what we need to do good work.
Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Do you still “want” the things the world has to offer? I am asking god to show me the tings I ned to continue to shed from my life, in order to grow closer to Him and be overjoyed to have only God as my portion.