Lamentations 3:24 I say to myself, "The Lord is my Portion; therefore I will wait for Him." (New International Version)
Is the Lord my Portion? As I write this, I'm challenged with that thought. I can say I'm waiting for the Lord, but am I waiting for Him so that we can fellowship and love each other? Or am I waiting for Him because I would like for Him to do something for me, like answer a prayer, or meet an urgent need that I have?
Make no mistake, God delights in meeting the needs of His children. He enjoys it when we come to him with our requests; He is not offended one bit. It is certainly better than trusting in ourselves to answer our prayers. But if I am waiting for an answer, or a need to be fulfilled, I might miss the Lord. But if I wait for the Lord, with only the intent of apprehending Him, or being apprehended by Him, I will gain the whole package.
I think sometimes we treat Christ like the wrapping paper on our Christmas presents. We hurry up and tear through the paper to get to what is inside the box. How often do we "tear through" His promises in order to get a prayer answered or a need fulfilled, and then toss those promises aside when our purposes have been served?
Even during a time of national grief, Jeremiah still found time to say, "The Lord is my Portion." We are prone to say, "Lord, I would like some of this and some of that; I'll have a blessing of this and a blessing of that. And can You super-size it?" Maybe we should be saying, "Lord, I need a double portion of You."
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You wrapped a lot of wisdom in your article and I really loved it. We all too often act like small children where God's gifts are concerned. Yes, we need more of HIM in our lives daily. Thank you for sharing these truths.