Seeing Jesus in every circumstance.
Dear brethren in The Lord, I want to encourage you with something that The Lord Jesus has encouraged me with recently.
Let us begin by remembering the words of the apostle Peter, who said, regarding our position in Christ Jesus, “Ye also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” And again, “But ye are a personally chosen (elect) nation/family/kind; a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a people for His possession; that ye should proclaim the virtue of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…”
We are a priesthood, each of us, individually, are priests in God’s kingdom, Jesus Christ being our High Priest. Seeing then that we are indeed priests to God, consider what Moses said regarding their inheritance.
"Wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; The LORD is his inheritance, according as The LORD thy God promised him." [Deut 10:9] "The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of The LORD made by fire, and His inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as He hath said unto them." [Deut 18:1-2]
The other tribes received land, Judah also receiving the grand privilege of one day bearing our Blessed Messiah, Jesus Christ. However, Levites received no land: the received The LORD Himself.
"The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou supportest/holdest up my lot. The inheritance boundaries are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly inheritance/possession/heritage."
In every circumstance in life, Jesus, The Lord, is our portion. Whatever cup He has given you, whatever lot, whatever the inheritance boundaries are that you have “drawn” as it were: in the midst of it all, Jesus Christ is your portion. Know this, beloved brethren, that Jesus Christ supports/holds up your lot and He will bear you up through it all. In the midst of every situation, according to the promise of God, you can have Jesus Christ, for He is your inheritance.
Every cup that The Father gives us we can boldly and triumphantly proclaim that Jesus is our portion. Indeed, just as Christ gave us example; for before He drank full and deep of God Almighty’s wrath on our behalf, He spoke, “Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour; but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father glorify Thy Name.” And in that dreaded garden sometime two thousand years ago, the Forerunner of our most precious faith uttered, “Father, if Thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
We are priests of The Most High God, sojourning upon the earth, eagerly awaiting the return of our Bridegroom Jesus Christ; therefore take heart in every circumstance, “for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” [Heb 13:5] Hope in God as your portion. As Jeremiah proclaims, “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” Seek Him in every circumstance: humbly drink of what He has given you and cry out for Jesus Christ and His glory to be made known through it all, “forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” [Phil 3:13-14]
And so I urge you brethren, cry out for Jesus Christ, for, “whom have [we] in heaven but [Him]? And there is none upon earth that [we] desire beside [Him].” As David cries, “Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.”