The Lord is our inheritance.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.” (NIV)
We love gifts. We love to open presents on our birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. And we have a God who loves to give gifts. We are taught that He is a Good Father who wants to give good gifts to His children. But there is a danger in receiving gifts from God. It becomes easy to reduce God to the gift-giver. God is not the gift-giver as much as He is the gift.
From a strictly materialistic perspective, is it better for someone to give you a house or the company that builds them? To be given a house is great. But to be given a home construction company allows you the resources to build a home any time you want whether it is for yourself, your Momma, or your neighbor. The source is always greater than the gift because the source never runs dry.
The Lord is our inheritance. It is not the gift He gives, but our relationship to Him that is greater. To have someone who loves us and who can do all things on our behalf is greater than any single gift. The love that moves God to give to us abundantly is greater than the gifts He gives.
The enemy would want you to become distracted by the gift so that your affection is focused more on what God would give than your relationship with Him. A house cannot sustain us in the dark nights of the soul. Money is good, but joy cannot come from it. A good spouse and children will enrich our lives, but they cannot transform us into the best version of ourselves. Most of what we crave will soon lose its luster, but the love of God never will.
A new car will one day break down. A new job will have its own troubles. A new husband or wife will soon get on our nerves. A new baby will become a teenager. A new church will disappoint. A new friend will move on. But God never changes. He is the same from everlasting to everlasting. Communion with Him is greater than all His gives.
Prayer: Lord, help me not become distracted by the gifts you give or the those I ask for, but let me remember that You are greater than all You will ever give. Amen.