Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What Is Your Portion?

I recall many occasions at our family dinner table when my mother would cut me and my three brothers each a slice of cake for desert. Inevitably, we would compare our pieces with the others' and either gloat or envy. One brother's slice was slightly larger than the others' and in the arguments that followed, we ignored the fact that we were each given a delicious piece of cake. Almost never were we all satisfied with what we were given. This may be human nature, but it highlights something about us that is so unnecessary - discontent. In our humanity, we too often feel discontent due to unsatisfied desires, unmet expectations, or unfulfilled dreams. And, God provides a beautiful answer to our discontent. For the believer, God gives us each a portion that is second to none and satisfies every need and want. He gives us Himself. God gives us God.

There is a seldom recounted story in the Bible that faithfully illustrates this interaction between our Heavenly Father and His children. In 2 Samuel we are introduced to Mephibosheth, the crippled descendant of Jonathan, David's dearest friend. David, now King of Israel, unexpectedly brings Mephibosheth into his palace and restores to him all of the property that belonged to King Saul (along with Saul's servant, Ziba). David did this to keep his vow to Jonathan. Much later, David is exiled from his throne by his wicked son, Absalom. While leaving Jerusalem, David is met by Ziba and not Mephibosheth. Ziba informs David that Mephibosheth has betrayed David. David rewards Ziba by giving Ziba all of Mephibosheth's property. Upon Absalom's death and David's return, David finds the crippled Mephibosheth outside the palace awaiting David's return in filthy clothes and untrimmed beard. David confronts Mephibosheth for allegedly betraying him. And, Mephibosheth reveals to David the truth that he never betrayed David, but that Ziba betrayed Mephibosheth in order to take his property. Realizing that Mephibosheth was telling the truth, and needing to honor his word to both Mephibosheth and Ziba, David concedes that a compromise is in order and they should divide and share the property. And, Mephibosheth offers an amazing response like we should offer our King. In 2 Samuel 19:30, Mephibosheth said, "Oh, let him take it all, since my lord the king has come safely home." In other words, Mephibosheth so loved his king that he needed nothing more to satisfy him. All Mephibosheth needed was his king.

Psalm 73:26 says, "My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." God does not give us just a fraction of Himself. Christian, 100% of God is your portion. And, you don't have to share Him with anyone else. He supernaturally gives 100% of Himself to each and every one of His children. If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, God is your portion. Meditate deeply upon that truth.

If God is your portion, what more do you need? If God is your portion, what more do you require for contentment? Is there anything that would add to God being your portion. Would it be better to have God plus [FILL IN THE BLANK] as your portion? If God is your portion, don't you have everything truly needed to be content? In Philippians 4:11, Paul provides us the ultimate example when he testified, "for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content."

Since God is the source of all things, having God means that you have everything.

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