In Charles Dicken’s classic, “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge demands that his worker, Bob Cratchit, works on Christmas Eve. Scrooge barely pays Cratchit enough to feed his family and doesn’t give him anything for Christmas. Through it all, Cratchit, who has a young son who is not well, thanks the Lord for providing for them and chooses to remain with Scrooge even when everyone tells him to quit. Bob Cratchit knew that God is my portion forever, even when times got tough.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Feeling Like a Failure?
All of us have days where it feels like our heart is going to fail. There are numerous causes for those feelings, but the feeling is the same. David had those days when Saul was chasing him and when Absalom was usurping his power. Anything that David tried to do in his flesh failed him. At those low moments, God showed David that He was everything David needed.
When you have those days where everything you try fails, remember that Jesus is enough. He can strengthen your heart and provide what you need. Don’t let yourself descend into a pity party. Don’t try to find your solace in anything besides Jesus. When you fail, find your strength in God. The Psalmist uses the word “portion.” This means that God gives us exactly what we need.
God Is My Portion
Are you facing some challenges that have you filled with fear? Maybe you have endured some failures this year that have set you back? Take some encouragement from David. God was his strength and portion. He needed nothing because he knew that God would provide everything. He didn’t walk around feeling sorry for himself because he was sure of God’s love, even in the midst of failure.