Evening, May 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The Lord is my portion.” — Psalm 119:57
Look at your possessions, O believer, and compare your portion with the lot of your fellowmen. Some of them have their portion in the field; they are rich, and their harvests yield them a golden increase; but what are harvests compared with your God, who is the God of harvests? What are bursting storehouses compared with him, who is the Husbandman, and feeds you with the bread of heaven? Some have their portion in the city; their wealth is abundant, and flows to them in constant streams, until they become a very reservoir of gold; but what is gold compared with your God? You could not live on it; your spiritual life could not be sustained by it. Put it on a troubled conscience, and could it relieve its pangs? Apply it to a despairing heart, and see if it could stop a solitary groan, or give one less grief? But you have God, and in him you have more than gold or riches ever could buy. Some have their portion in that which most men love—applause and fame; but ask yourself, is not your God more to you than that? What if countless trumpets should sound a loud ovation to you, would this prepare you to pass the Jordan, or cheer you in prospect of judgment? No, there are griefs in life which wealth cannot alleviate; and there is the deep need in a dying hour, for which no riches can provide. But when you have God for your portion, you have more than all else put together. In him every want is met, whether in life or in death. With God for your portion you are rich indeed, for he will supply your need, comfort your heart, assuage your grief, guide your steps, be with you in the dark valley, and then take you home, to enjoy him as your portion forever. “I have enough,” said Esau; this is the best thing a worldly man can say, but Jacob replies, “I have all things,” which is a message too lofty for self-centered minds.