I’m finishing up a study on Esther with friends this week, and the homework I did today made my soul stand up and cheer. As we are studying chapter 9 and the celebrations after the victory of the Jews, we read of how they celebrated by giving portions of food to each other. The Hebrew word for portion is the same one found in Psalm 16:5, a psalm near and dear to my heart these days:
The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.
Here’s Beth Moore:
Yep. Same Hebrew word. And this is the way the three terms — favor, portions (or presents), and lots — tie together. No matter what life — or Satan himself — hands us, the favor God has on His children causes that “lot” to tumble out on the table in such a way that, instead of destruction, the child will discover that her portion turned into destiny one trusting step at a time. When all is said and done, she will see that the portion God assigned her was good. Right. Rich. Full of purpose. The English Standard Version translates Psalm 16:5 best of all. Read it out loud and let it sink in. “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.”
Here you are, Beloved. Satan tried to destroy you along life’s path, but clearly, he didn’t get his way. You’re still standing, aren’t you? Instead of falling apart, your lines are all starting to fall together. Piece by piece. Glimpse by glance. What a beautiful inheritance you have!
Amen and amen and amen! I am living out those words even as I type, and I can testify with my whole heart that God is good. I’m overflowing with gratitude that He is the One who holds my lot.
So let me pass along a portion of my portion to you: No matter what you’re facing today, God is sufficient. If You trust in Him, you’re in the safest of places, no matter how scary and dangerous it feels in the moment. He loves His people, and His aim is our good. Often that good comes out of pain that we can’t see beyond in the moment. If that’s where you are, dear friend, cling to Him!!! Run to His Word and take refuge. Be a refugee.