The Psalmist wrote, Psalms 142:5 “I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou [art] my refuge [and] my portion in the land of the living.” How wonderful it is to have Jesus Christ for our portion today, dear ones. This declaration of God being the believer’s portion is a common thought in Scripture. For example, Psalms 16:5 “The LORD [is] the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.” What an incredible statement! The Lord God is the portion of my inheritance. Imagine sitting in a lawyer’s office after the death of a loved one. The will is read and you are told that your portion of the inheritance is God!
Until we are taken to heaven, we will dwell in these imperfect bodies, riddled with weaknesses. Though we will never walk in sinless perfection here on earth, we can experience the power and strength of God despite our weaknesses. The Psalmist writes in 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Because God is our portion, His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. This ability to do what is right by the power of God when our flesh and our heart is failing or weak truly gives God much glory.
Oh how we need to remember today beloved that God Himself is our portion. Daniel recognized that fact, and as a result he refused to partake of the beggarly portions of this world. Daniel 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Whether it is ancient Babylon or wherever you and I live, the world system is always seeking to persuade us to partake of its short-lived thrills and pleasures. Once again, we need to keep in mind that our God is not only our portion, but in His sovereign will, He is also our portion giver.
Ecclesiastes 5:18 “Behold [that] which I have seen: [it is] good and comely [for one] to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it [is] his portion.” How often the enemy or the world whispers discontent with God’s allotted portion for us. Beware of murmuring like in the days when the people of God murmured because of the mundane manna.
Beloved, think about God being your portion today. Thank Him for His providential portion towards you. Paul’s prayer for the saints in Ephesians 3.19 is that “we would know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.” The very fulness of God is your portion. When you are being tempted to compare your lowly lot in life with the material abundance of others, be they saved or unsaved, remember this beloved, Psalms 119:57 “[Thou art] my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.” How can we tell Him that His portion is not enough?