Day 16: God is My Portion

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

This passage is full of God’s promises for us. Because of His great love for us, we will not be consumed. His compassion never fails and is new every day. Another part of this verse gets my attention that describes the Lord’s presence, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” This is a declaration of who God is. He is my portion. What does that mean exactly?

God is described as one’s portion in many different biblical accounts. Even though portion is defined in Hebrew as something divided or a ration, another definition is that of inheritance. Psalm 16:5 says, “Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure” (NIV).  The NASB translation says this, “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You support my lot.”  

When we become adopted into God’s family through Jesus, we also receive the inheritance given to all believers. This includes the kingdom of God both presently and in the future in eternity.  When God is our portion, we are declaring that He is enough. We are content with Him and with all that He provides. His inheritance far outlasts and is far better than anything that the world can provide.

Our prayer for you today comes directly from Colossians 1:9-12:
“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”

Action Steps:
  1. Study and find other times in the Bible where God is described as our portion to better understand this concept. Study the story of Hannah found in 1 Samuel.
  2. The scripture in Lamentations also describes that it takes waiting on the Lord to declare that He is our portion. Is God not enough for you? Continue to ask for patience and strength in the waiting.
  3. Sometimes words are not needed in our worship. Listen to this instrumental in your prayer time to focus on God as your portion today. 

1 Comment

Katherine - March 31st, 2020 at 12:56pm

I am so encouraged by today's devotion. His mercies ARE new every morning. We will endure through this... one day at a time... sometimes one hour at a time....





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