The other day I pulled out my absurdly thick, 4-inch graduate school binder that contains my theology notes from my second-year doctrine class. About halfway through the semester, we tackled the person and work of Jesus—how he is our truth-telling Prophet, our self-sacrificing Priest, and our death-conquering King. Eternal, life-saving stuff!
But as I paged through those notes, I noticed that I had missed something—God. The very first items on the class outline were about God—his essence, his attributes, and his qualities. Much like the Apostles’ Creed, that ancient statement of the Christian faith, my professors wanted me to begin by thinking about the glory and majesty of God. After all, the whole point of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to give sinners like us a chance to be with God forever!
I love how the prophet Jeremiah focused on the importance of being with a God that glorious: “I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion’” (Lamentations 3:24). What gets us through the painful, lamentable seasons of our lives is knowing that the Lord is our portion, that right now (is, not will be) God is what we get, and that God is enough. Through faith in Jesus, God has come to be with us and dwell in us in this very moment!
Please don’t miss what I missed! Because of Jesus, God is here. The Lord is your portion! Imagine it! Picture him! You won’t regret it!