“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:24
In the previous blog post, we looked at how God’s people are His portion and what the word portion means.
Maybe because English is in many ways such a limited language, the word portion brings to my mind a piece of something; as in a portion of pie. I picture a family sitting round a table dividing the pie up – “That’s your little bit” and squabbling over who might have got more than someone else.
But this word in context in the original language means nothing like that. In fact it’s the complete opposite. “Portion” here means everything, “my inheritance.” The lot – the whole pie!
In our churches we speak, sing and preach a lot about God’s love, grace, mercy, faithfulness and goodness; about how He provides for our needs, heals us and delivers us. All these are true, of course they are, but our inheritance isn’t these things. That would make it all about us.
What Jeremiah is saying here in that one little word “portion”, is that God Himself, is the sum total of his soul’s inheritance.
In God is everything you possess or desire.
David also recognised this:
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. Psalm 16:5
“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”Psalm 73:25-26
What does it mean to Inherit?
When you inherit something, you take possession of it. It becomes fully yours. Please don’t get me wrong here, I’m not going to say that we “own the Lord.” But what I am saying is that if you are His through faith in Jesus Christ then you own the right to be called His child (John 1:12 ) and all the privileges that come with this.
And it’s for Now!
God doesn’t love in part. He doesn’t hold back. He isn’t sparing, stingy, or partial with His love and accessibility. His presence. As a Father, God gives one hundred percent of Himself to His children.
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.“
It’s mind boggling but true; God is not only knowable but He is everything we need – He, Himself- not what He can give us or do for us, but He – is the inheritance of His children.