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My Eternal Portion
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For many, getting older is a curse. That’s not surprising because it’s part of a fallen world—“for you are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen. 3:19). As we get older, we’re not able to do what we used to be able to do. We also don’t look as young anymore. That can easily lead to frustration.
My father had always been a strong man, working as an ironworker for most of his life. As the years went by, he developed many health issues. One month before his death, I was able to visit him for a week. He could barely walk. When he would fall to the ground, he wouldn’t be able to get up again. It was hard to see how this once strong man had become helpless and dependent.
Even as I’m only forty-four years old, I’m not able to do what I used to do twenty years ago, especially since I’m struggling with feeling burnt-out. My body feels exhausted and most things are a daunting task.
Today’s verse is one of the most encouraging verses when we face the reality of getting older. Our body and our heart may fail—getting older and dying is only a matter or time—“but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” He’s the One who strengthens us mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, as we continue life’s journey with all its challenges and difficulties.
Not only is God the One who strengthens us, but He’s also our eternal portion. The afflictions of life, including getting older, are meant to treasure God above everyone and everything else, including a healthy and strong body. His steadfast love has to become better than the best life imaginable: “Because your steadfast love is better than life” (Ps. 63:3).
When all is said and done, as life’s ebbing away, there’s only one comfort and hope: God is our eternal portion. That’s not only true when we’re getting older, but during every season of life, including when we’re facing significant health issues or other physical maladies at any early age. Ultimately, He’s our only comfort and hope, no matter what!
Jesus, thank You that You’re my eternal portion.
The Devotional Writer
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