I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lam. 3:24)
Expanded Passage: Lamentations 3:19-40
Sometimes I go for walks just to enjoy the fresh air and be out in nature. Other times, I find myself walking for more practical reasons—because I need to get somewhere. When I am walking just because I need to get somewhere, I am more than happy to accept a ride if a friend of mine is driving in the direction that I am heading. But when I am walking to enjoy the experience of walking, there is very little that could convince me to get into a car instead.
Similarly, if we are seeking God just because he can get us to a place of happiness or of everything going our way, we will quickly give up on waiting for him if a quicker option comes along. If we are waiting on God because what we want is to be happy, we may give up on our waiting if a new relationship or a new job offers us a fast, superficial happiness that seems quicker and easier than waiting on him.
However, if we are waiting on God because he himself is our portion and the source of our hope, then we will wait patiently and persistently. If this is the case, we will not give up when times are hard, and we will reap the long-term benefits of God’s presence in our lives.
Ask yourself if you are truly seeking God as your portion.
Grace Aukerman is a recent Kingswood University graduate who is passionate about coffee and about sharing God’s truth through the written word.
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