Which portion do you want?

The portion you want

Portion: Allotment, allowance, ration, share. Portion is frequently used in the literal sense of a share in food, clothing, or property as well as in a variety of figurative senses. The Levites did not receive tribal territory with the other tribes but had the Lord for their special portion (Numbers 18:20 ).

In Old Testament times, God had each tribe receive a portion of property except Aaron the priest He had personally chosen.

Don’t seem fair, does it?

At first glance, it doesn’t. But then you read a little further where God tells Aaron this, I am your portion and your inheritance among the people of Israel. (Numbers 18:20)

Stop, don’t glance over this. God just told Aaron that he’s wasn’t given a portion of land instead he gets God.

What have you put a claim on?

I have heard people say before that they are claiming a job, health, a relationship, or some material good. Is that what you want to settle for? Some temporary thing. Or do you want your portion to be God himself?

For many f us it’s easy to spend so much time and energy trying to lay claim to some status or ownership here on earth. All the while missing out on the true eternal treasure.

Could you possibly want something more than God?

God as your portion

Psalm 73:26 (ESV) My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 

David understood this and he was a king. He had material possessions but knew they didn’t even compare to what he had in God.

I can imagine David reminiscing how he used to lay out in the open fields as he shepherded his sheep. He could remember how clearly he could see the majesty of God in those star-filled skies in the middle of the night and how dim and distant God could become because of all the distraction and clutter of life.

David knew everything else would fade away but God would remain.

We have the same opportunity as Aaron.

1 Peter 2:9 (ESV) But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

God says we are priests. And as we give ourselves to Him we can receive all of Him. God can be our portion forever. Not some temporary possession that we will leave behind someday but instead an eternal and loving heavenly father.


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