A young boy went to the local store with his mother. The shop owner, a kindly man, passed him a large jar of suckers and invited him to help himself to a handful. Uncharacteristically, the boy held back. So the shop owner pulled out a handful for him.
When outside, the boy’s mother asked why he had suddenly been so shy and wouldn’t take a handful of suckers when offered.
The boy replied, “Because his hand is much bigger than mine.”
(Citation: Brian Harris; Mt. Roskill, Auckland, New Zealand)
The boy was wise. By depending on the hands of the shop owner instead of his own, he drew a much larger portion of suckers than if he’d used his own, smaller hand. It’s similar to the portion of inheritance we can claim as Christians. The hand of the Lord provides a much larger portion than what we could ever obtain under our own power.
The key word that describes our share of inheritance is “portion.” I was intrigued to find that the word is referred to several times in the scriptures, especially as it applies to the LORD God. For example (New American Standard Bible, NASB),
- Psalm 16:5, “The LORD is the portion of my inheritance…”
- Psalm 73:26, “God is…my portion forever.”
- Psalm 119:57, “The LORD is my portion…”
- Psalm 142:5, “I said, ‘You are…my portion in the land of the living.”
- Lamentations 3:24, “’The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul…”
The word, “portion,” is from the Hebrew word, “manah” (pronounced, maw nah´) which means “an allotment” or “part.” The Bible uses the word in connection with the portion of a king for sacrifice (2 Chronicles 31:3); priest (2 Chron. 31:4); of Levites (Nehemiah 13:10); and of singers (Neh. 12:47). It is also used figuratively of judgment of the wicked (Psa. 11:6; compare 63:11; 68:23; Jeremiah 13:25); and in a good sense, (Psalm 16:5). (Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon)
When we affirm, in the good sense, that the LORD God is the portion of our inheritance we are claiming that God provides the most bountiful measure of blessings that we could ever receive. If you look up the verses listed above, you will find that “the Lord our portion” does what no one else can do to enrich our lives and provide us with hope. He has allotted his people with a strong foundation upon which to live; the rewarding benefits of obeying his Word; and “an inheritance, imperishable and undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,” ( 1 Peter 1:4).
The LORD’s portion includes the reward of eternal life promised to those who’ve received Jesus Christ in their lives and, therefore, live in submission to his Word. For now, “the crown of life” (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10) is being reserved but it hasn’t been received yet. It is presently being reserved in heaven where Christ is seated at the right hand of his Father (Colossians 3:1). But the day will come when Jesus will descend from heaven and return to earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). On that glorious Day when he comes back to earth, he will call forth his faithful and grant “the crown of life” to each one. His reward of eternal life will be portioned to each believer at that time for Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming quickly and my reward is with me, to give to each person according to what he has done,” (Rev. 22:12).
The Lord’s portion of inheritance for believers also includes co-ruling with Jesus as he reigns to establish God’s Kingdom over all the earth. When Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth,” (Matt. 5:5) he was not speaking of the earth in this present time but in the age to come when he restores all creation to the way it was in the Garden of Eden before man sinned (Acts 3:19-21; Rev. 2:7; 21:5). How wonderful to know that we who choose the LORD as our portion can endure the sufferings of this present evil age by looking beyond the sorrows of this life in anticipation of reigning with Jesus Christ in his Kingdom for as the Apostle Paul stated,
“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us,” (Romans 8:16-18).
When we make the Lord our portion he will be our shield, our strength, our deliverer, our shelter, our strong tower and our very present help in time of need. Here is Hillsong singing, “Made Me Glad (You Are My Shield)”: http://youtu.be/ytE8um04l24
Good News to YOU!