MY THANKSGIVING PORTION
Lam. 3:22-24 The LORD’S loving-kindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
That’s one of the things we like about Thanksgiving, who cares about portion control? For that one day all of those rules seem to go out the window. Especially guys, they are all about the size of their portion. That is what is so strange about this scripture, it is not talking about the gifts and blessings given by God, it is talking about God Himself, He is my portion. This is the hardest part for the lost, “the Lord is my portion, what is that?” The unsaved mind can never comprehend the goodness of God. Charles Spurgeon spoke often about our portion as a Christian, listen to his thoughts about our spiritual portion.
“It is not The Lord is partly my portion, nor The Lord is in my portion; but he himself makes up the sum total of my soul’s inheritance. Within the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or desire. The Lord is my portion. Not his grace merely, nor his love, nor his covenant, but Jehovah himself. He has chosen us for his portion, and we have chosen him for ours. It is true that the Lord must first choose our inheritance for us, or else we shall never choose it for ourselves; but if we are really called according to the purpose of electing love…”
The average person in our world will say they believe in God, but what do they mean? How do they view God? The basic idea is this, God is good because He does good things for me. He provides my financial needs, my health, gets me out of tight spots, why He even helps my chosen football team win. God is good to most because of what He does for them. Their portion is what He gives, not God Himself. The trouble with this position comes up when bad stuff happens, most people become confused, disillusioned, and even mad at God. Their world comes crashing down because of a wrong view of who He is.
Now for those who have tasted the goodness of God for themselves, God Himself has become their portion, He is all satisfying and sufficient in all circumstances. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe the Lord gives me all sorts of good things, His gifts can be quite overwhelming! He is constantly loading my life with benefits but they are not my portion. All of these earthly blessings will grow old and fade away, but the Lord Himself never grows old, He is always more than wonderful.
How does our perception of God change? The key is “perception”. We must taste Him for ourselves. Christianity is more than a philosophy or a belief in God. For the true Christian, their belief flows out of their experience. This Thanksgiving remember, no matter how great of a feast you enjoy, their is a far greater portion available in the Lord Himself.