Monday, 30 June 2014

The Lord Is Our Portion

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.(Lamentations 3:24).
Assuming your faith is a mansion. On what foundation will that mansion be standing? Beliefs - trust, faith, hope - have consequences. They shape our worldview and determines how we respond to life and its intricacies. If your faith is not built on a solid foundation, the storms of life has the potency of crumbling and leaving you disillusioned. The words “The LORD is my portion...”, paints the picture of a life built on a firm foundation: it simply means "The LORD is sufficient for me". The writer of Lamentations-Jeremiah- seem to be saying, "despite my predicaments, God is enough. If I have God, I have everything". Hear David also:
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." (Psalms 73:25). 
No wonder this David got the tag a man after God's own heart. Is your desire towards the Lord that intense?

"The LORD is my portion forever" says Jeremiah and David. Can you also, especially in the face of adversity, confess The LORD is my portion forever? If you are a believer, you should. We can easily grasp the reality of God as our portion if we dig further to understand God's original intent for creation. In Genesis 1, where we find the creation story, one phrase appeared consistently: "and God saw that it was good" Further, down the Chapter (vs31) we see a climax of the joy God derived in His creation:
...God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good
 The meaning of "...behold, it was very good" can be explicitly explained by Revelation 4:11:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
It was very good because it all turned out to be what He intended His creation to be; for His pleasure, His joy and glory. We are here purposely on one assignment, giving God pleasure(glory, joy, worship). We are on a God glorifying trip. It is in glorifying God that we also discover our self and our purpose. Saint Augustine, one of the Church fathers of the fourth century said, "Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.

One of the revealing words of Scripture, that sometime ago, in a period of personal crisis, became a bedrock for my life are the words “In him”. Let me share a few of those specific Scriptures with you: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him...” (Colossians 2:9-10). "For in him we live, and move, and have our being…"(Act 17:28). On countless occasions, I have returned to the words "In Him"-and I still do return to it - to find strength in moments of weakness and despair. Apart from Christ, we are nothing—absolutely nothing: "without me you can do nothing"(John 15:5).

The LORD is our portion. He is our inheritance. He is all we need. He is enough for us. He is incomparable to all the best of things of this world. He is the infinite being who satisfies the longings of finite hearts. In the search for fulfilment, many are trapped with insatiable pursuit and held captive by the trivia of this world: "lust of the flesh... lust of the eyes, and the pride of life..." (1 John 2:16). Until, we come to an understanding and appreciation of how sufficient God is for us, we will forever be satisfied with shallowness and crumbs of bread, instead of eating the choicest of meals from the King's table.