So fitting we find this week’s session where we find it. I would call or title this one “PORTION CONTROL”. Thanksgiving dinner is one of those times for most of us where we refuse to exercise control. Why do we rarely think about God (if we believe, like David, that He in fact is our portion), why do we not live our lives satisfied... In the text here as we focus on Psalm 119:57 the word for portion is used in a spiritual sense. It has nothing to do with physical need. God can manifest himself in such ways to meet our physical need, but as Matt Chandler expressed in his own suffering...God became his portion.
When was the last time you and I looked at a trial as a part of God’s provision or portion? No one wants or desires to be in the middle of a proverbial storm, but if we understand we are not under wrath, but under God’s umbrella of “portion” we are able to then find the comfort in our affliction.
Last couple of thoughts here as we finish this session. I was moved by the illustration of Matt Chandler talking about his own upbringing and what it meant when his earthly father said, “If you ask me one more time...”. I immediately thought of what it is like in my own home with my own children. Inevitably we have gotten to that point before, “Don’t ask me again, because the answer hasn’t changed.” God invites our constant petition. Instead of us being an inconvenience, we are welcome at the table, our thoughts welcome, our asks never too big or out of line. We indeed serve a HUGE God!
It is difficult for us to let others in. It is scary, it is messy at times, but as we are discussing in our Sunday morning study on Spiritual Giftedness, God has uniquely placed believers together to be the body of Christ. Go ahead this week and let someone into your mess. You and I might indeed find rest, comfort, and PORTION in the physical hands and feet of the Body of Christ.