My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
But to Hannah He gave a double portion because He loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.
1 Samuel 1:5
What does it mean to have the Lord as my portion in these unpredictable days?
Initially, Hannah did not know what it meant to live with the Lord God as her portion. We all learn our greatest lessons by trusting God through difficult times, and Hannah was no exception. Similarly, we too can discover a deeper trust in the One who is above all, our portion, even in the scariest times.
- He is my Portion when I do not have Enough:
1 Samuel 1:5-8
Hannah wanted a child more than anything. 1 Samuel 1:8 describes her as “downhearted.” Something was missing from her life, and her husband Elkanah did everything he could to console her, even giving her a double portion. Let us remember this truth during the times when we do not have enough: He knows more about what we need than we do. Our handling of difficulties could either encourage or discourage others. Our journey could be precisely the inspiration someone else needs. The Lord satisfies us with more than we could ask for just like Elkanah’s gift to his beloved wife. He is our portion that fills the void when, like Hannah, something is missing in our lives.
- He is my Portion when I do not feel that I am Enough:
1 Samuel 1:6
In her distraught state, Hannah did not seem to notice her husband’s attempt to console her. He wanted his love to be enough. But, although his efforts went unnoticed, her rival Peninnah’s constant put-downs did not. If we allow it to, mean-spirited words make us feel undervalued. We need to own what God’s Word says about our identity. We are made in His image. We are chosen. Reminding ourselves of this truth daily will override even the deepest hurts caused by harsh words. We are enough with Him as our portion.
- He is my Portion who is always More than Enough:
1 Samuel 1:11
After having endured Peninnah’s insults for several years, Hannah finally reached her limit and took action by putting her hope in God. Hannah’s determination to trust in the Lord transformed her entire outlook from dejectedness to hopefulness. She traded discouraging thoughts for triumphant ones. The Lord’s comforting presence is our portion when pushed to the limit, enough is enough. Is something missing in your life today? He is more than enough to satisfy your every need in all of life’s circumstances.
We are praying for you.