Morning & Evening Devotional Reading–
by C. H. Spurgeon, revised and edited by W. C. Neff
“You are my portion, O Lord.”
Dear believer, look at your portion— your possessions— and compare them with those around you. Some have their possessions in the field. They are rich. Their harvests yield them great increase. But what are harvests compared with your God, who is the Lord of harvests? What are bursting granaries compared with him who is the Great Farmer that feeds you with the bread of heaven?
Some have their possessions in the city. Their wealth is abundant and flows to them in constant streams until they become a reservoir of gold. But what is gold compared with your God? You can’t live on gold alone. Gold won’t sustain your spiritual life. Can gold remove the pangs of a troubled conscience? Can gold heal a hopeless heart? Can it remove the groanings of life, or console your sorrows? You have God, and in him you have more than riches could ever buy.
Some have their portion in applause and fame. But ask yourself, “Isn’t God more to me than that?” What if thousands of people stood to applaud you. Would that prepare you to pass over the Jordan into the Promised Land? Would it prepare you to stand before the judgment seat of Christ? No, there are griefs in life that wealth cannot alleviate— especially the deep need of a dying hour for which riches have no power.
When you have God as your possession, you have more than all else put together. In him every desire is met, whether in life or in death. With God you are rich, indeed, for he will supply all your needs, comfort your heart, soften your sorrows, guide your steps, be with you in the dark valley, and then take you home to enjoy him as your portion forever. Esau said, “I have enough,” and this is the best thing a worldly man can say. But Jacob said, “I have all things,” and that is something the fleshly mind can never have. [M&E]