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Today’s Truth

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3:24

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I am a lot of things, but low maintenance is not necessarily one of them. Straight up, I am a girl with some constant cravings. Though I try to savor life moments with gratitude, I fail all the time.

Many days, I find myself looking beyond my now to my next, longing in discontent. I seek God’s blessings instead of seeking God. I seek His hand instead of His heart. This frazzles my peace and messes with my joy. It tangles my heart in knots until I begin to dance through my days to the tune of, “I can’t get no satisfaction!”

Why do we desire God’s presents in our lives more than His presence?

Isn’t that what we do when we stomp our feet before His throne and whine about all of the things that need fixing instead of praising Him for the strength He graciously gives us to get through? While we’re certainly encouraged by Scripture to make our requests known to the Father (Philippians 4:6), the highest calling on our lives is to love God with all of our hearts, souls, bodies and minds (Matthew 22:37). We can do both, but we are commanded to seek God first: to look to Him as our Ultimate. Our Portion.

Asaph wrote Psalm 73 with a lot on his mind. He was flustered about all the bad people around him. He wondered why God wasn’t smacking them around for being so wretched and was struggling to keep his eyes on his own life. Sound familiar?

Then his woes turned to worship as he entered into the sanctuary of God (v17). His heart began to untangle as he remembered God’s sovereignty. In Psalm 73:26, he finally landed in a good place. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.

He took a deep breath and found his God-confidence.

Oh, how I can relate to that!

The Bible shows us time and time again that when we prioritize God – when we look to Him to be our Portion – we are supernaturally equipped to rest in Him.

Do you remember that old hymn His Eye Is On The Sparrow? Girlfriend, God doesn’t miss a trick. He knows what’s going on.

And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

                 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘what will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.

                 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:30-34, NLT)

If divine eyes rest on tiny sparrows and flowers of the fields, how much more are the needs and desires of God’s children known to Him?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Would You be my Portion today? Help me to trust Your plan and rest in Your grace – beyond what I see or feel.
In Jesus’s Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 73.

Consider these questions. How has God met your needs in the past? Do you trust that He is able to meet them today? Let’s take the conversation deeper. Click here to tell me what that might look like for you.

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6 Responses to “Be My Portion, Part 1”

  1. Jill says:

    Thanks Gwen! Amazing and just what God wanted me and my husband to hear today. Can’t wait for part 2. Psalm 73 was sooooo encouraging!

  2. Lori says:

    So glad for Friday’s devotion. You see I am being treated for pancreatic cancer and everyday I fuss and worry about what I will eat, drink and wear (not much fits these days). I am trying to follow a diet that is so restrictive given to me by my Naturalpath who specialize in oncology patients. I think I realized this morning that all I can to is my very best and God is in charge of the rest. You see when I eat healthy things the diet says I should stay away from I feel guilty but I am so hungry and can’t afford to loose any weight. I need to trust in God that he will provide all that is needed for me on a daily basis and ask him to provide me with the right nutrition and the rest will all come together with his blessing. I pray daily for healing, specificly that my treatment is able to shrink the tumor away from my vascular system so that I may have surgery.

    Thank You!

  3. QUEEN says:

    WOW I needed this today! The devil has been up to his old tricks having me question my God and thinking God doesn’t love me because he has blessed me with material things. yet i cheerfully give my Time, Talent and Treasure. however this word today has pierced my soul and has brought back to my remembrance who i trust in and only what i do for Christ will last. thank you so much. have a blessed day girlfriend.

  4. Heidi H. Handley says:

    This is so wonderful. It really spoke to me, I am going to use it today when I give the devotion at the women’s group that I belong to…if it speaks to me, it will to others as well. We all fight battles…nice to be reminded that if we keep our eyes on him and that our joy will come in the morning.

  5. Debra says:

    Lori,
    I’ll be in prayer for your Miracle in your Pancreatic cancer…believe that miracle will take place for you soon …God please put this child’s hunger to rest in diet and provide for her the proper nutrition for her body so she feels no hunger pains…Amen …

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