“The Eternal is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in him. The Eternal is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him.” Lamentations 3:24–25
This promise is an excellent weapon to use in the battle against impatience, because it shows us how closely the happiness we desire is tied to our relationship with God. When we say that God is our “portion,” we mean that we view him as the only one who can ultimately satisfy our hearts. He is the source of life on whom we particularly depend. One psalmist writes, “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. For, behold, those who are far from you will perish. … But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.” Since he is utterly critical to our joy, we can wait for him to work on our behalf. We make the effort to let him know our needs, because he delights in doing good to us when we do. But even if it takes longer than we expect for him to do us good, we can wait for him to do his absolute best. By means of this patient faith we resist urges to take matters into our own hands; for no one else can make us so certain of joy.
Bountiful God, thank you for the presence of your Spirit who informs me that you are my portion. In Jesus’ name I come to you and patiently seek my joy in you. Amen.