"My portion for ever"

The word "portion" often used in the Old Testament to convey the idea of man's forever legacy, or endowment, from God is variously defined by lexicographers as a limited quantity, a share or division, and even as one's destiny, lot, or fate. Such terms carry with them, to a greater or less degree, the thought of uncertainty; and they also imply haphazard or arbitrary allotments meted out according to the vagaries of the will of the apportioner. Accepting such a mistaken concept of God in His dealings with His children, many devout men and women have become victims of self-righteousness or self-pity, depending upon whether they have considered their own portion of good to be large or small.

Seeing on every hand the affluence of some and the want and poverty of others, the abilities and capabilities of some and the inadequacies of others, the strength and health of some and the invalidism of others, many sincere Christians have felt puzzled or dismayed—not a strange state of thought. Believing God responsible for such disparity in the bestowal of His gifts, they have ended up fearing or even doubting God instead of adoring Him. Such an attitude toward God quite logically fosters pride, jealousy, or resentment. Each of these in turn leads to contention and strife, which delay the establishment of peace on earth and goodwill among men.

Yet a careful study of the Scriptures reveals God as a God of justice and rectitude, blessing abundantly and impartially all of His children. The Psalmist confidently affirms (Ps. 145:9), "The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works."

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"No anxious thought"
February 13, 1965

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