February 8, 2019
365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 70: Portion
"God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:26b NIV)
Today's mile marker on our Names of God journey reads "Day 70." The number seven often represents completion in the Bible, and while I trust we still have many marvelous miles to go before this series is complete, today feels like a good time to share a little background I'd love for you to know going forward.
Several kind encouragers have asked if I have all 365 days and names already finished. Spoiler alert: I don't. I have a year's worth of names chosen, but I am essentially writing the daily posts as they come up. For a while, I thought, "If I could just get one day at home when I didn't have to go anywhere, I could write NOGs like crazy and build up a stockpile." I did get a day at home (thank you, Polar Vortex), but did not amass a stockpile. So I've come to look at this project as my own "manna in the wilderness" experience: my Portion gives me just enough insight and leading about His names for one day at a time. As He has every right to do. And as He did with His people after they had come out of Egypt and He warned them to collect only enough food for each person for each day as it came.
Our Portion is God of the daily details—"in the morning you will be filled with bread"—and God of the eternal big picture: "Then you will know that I am the LORD your God" (Exodus 16:12).
All of that was a long way of introducing a specific example of God's supply for this journey...one I'm sharing for the express purpose of encouraging you, dear friends, as you seek to trust in Yahweh as your Portion.
I'd already decided on "Way-Maker" for Day 68. On the morning of Day 67, I sat down at my computer to start working on the next day's post, which I intended to build around the story of God parting the Red Sea. I turned on my monitor and pulled up the online streaming of our local radio station for background music...and stared at the name of the song listed as "currently playing": "Split the Sea," by Hannah Kerr.
"Split the Sea." SPLIT. THE. SEA.
I've heard it said that a coincidence is God working anonymously. And He surely does that. But He also often works in plain sight, His provisional power on full, faith-feeding display.
He is our Portion forever. He is our Portion for today.