“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul…
Jeremiah proclaimed a simple and profound truth, that the Lord was enough for Him. This truth was first claimed in his soul through the meditation on this truth, then it was acted upon in faith.
After the destruction of Jerusalem by the invading Babylonian forces, the ownership of lands changed hands. Centuries earlier when the Israelites came out of Egyptian bondage the land was divided up between families, with each getting its “portion” or its family farm. But after Samaria (722 B.C.) and Jerusalem (586 B.C.) fell the portions of each family were lost. Jeremiah realized that God his portion all along, the truth of His nature and compassion the most precious of his inheritances.
Suppose God were to say to you as a young man or young woman, “I will give you right now all the money that you will earn in your life time if you would like, with one condition. As soon as you receive this, I will remove my hand from you and never be your God again, never answer a single prayer that you pray, or give any help or guidance or wisdom to you.” Would you accept that offer? Thomas a Kempis wrote that a wise lover values not so much the gift of the lover as the love of the giver. Paul wrote, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” God is on our side but are we on God’s side? If we are, if we desire His will to be done, if we delight in His face more than the blessing of His hand, then we do not need to fear.
But more than His help we need His fellowship. If we desire God merely or mostly so that He will bless our business, then we have missed the point. The financial blessings are secondary (or tertiary) to the blessings of His fellowship, His peace, His love, and His grace. To walk with God in fellowship is the greatest thing that life offers and it is our lusts and our pride that make us think otherwise.
The Prodigal took his share of the inheritance and got as far away from the Father as he could, only to realize that to be near the Father was much more precious than the material blessings.
The Lord is your portion. Seek His face more than His hand – the blessings of His presence are infinitely more profound and meaningful to our souls than mere money.