I started this year with a verse in my heart that I felt God gave me for this year.
Many are familiar with the verse that says “His mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness.” There have been a couple of songs written from this passage of Scripture in Lamentations 3.
But it is the verse right after that which I felt I needed to start my year with.
“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lamentations 3:24)
The Lord is my portion.
This means He is my treasure, my inheritance, my all in all.
I love how A.W. Tozer puts it in his book “The Pursuit of God.”
“The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness.
Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.”
Therefore, I will wait for Him.
When I do things my way, I mess up. When I wait for others, I get impatient. But when I wait for Him, I know that I have the assurance that the best is yet to come.
He knows what’s best. He wants what’s best … for me.
Waiting is not my favorite thing. I want action. I expect ‘now’. I focus on the results of the present situation.
Waiting for Him may result in sitting at His presence and just basking on His greatness and goodness.
And in that, I should be satisfied.
He is, in fact, my all in all.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:25-26)