Portion Control

Posted on February 23, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The LORD is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!’” Lamentations 3:22-24

“Portion Control” is a not something I like to read on the label of my favorite food. Sometimes we want too much of something that isn’t good for us.  When I eat healthy and lower my sugar intake, my taste buds change and I begin to appreciate flavors of foods that are better for me.

Life is like that. Sometimes we just want a bit of Jesus, the Bible, along with a whole lot of the world’s pleasures.  Jesus doesn’t seem too appealing when we have so many distractions that seem sweeter.

Can we honestly say that Jesus is my “Portion” and that He is everything we need?  Not until we experience all of the riches in His Word and the way He gives peace and comfort. Can we say “He is exactly all that I need and I am satisfied with Him”?

In Lamentations 3:22-24 the prophet Jeremiah gives us 3 reasons to trust God. He says:

  1. God is merciful to us by not giving us what we deserve.
  2. He is compassionate (He stays close and comforts us)
  3. God is Faithful

Read the previous verses in 19-21 to understand why Jeremiah said “God is my portion”:

19 “Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!

20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.

21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:”


Like Jeremiah, God has been merciful, shown compassion, and been faithful to me. I have enjoyed the goodness of God, and therefore, I know I can trust Him. All of my hope is in Him.  He IS my portion, and my soul is satisfied.


Written by Joyce Ciotta: Joyce serves in our Partner Care Department, as of January of 2022. For several decades, she served with her late husband, Robert, providing music for Keswick on various events and occasions. She is remarried to Chaplain Paul Ciotta, who serves as a Chaplain for our men’s addiction recovery program, The Colony of Mercy. Together, they have 6 children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.

Think About This: “Having God in your boat doesn’t mean that you’ll not face any storms. It means that no storm can sink your boat. Walk in faith and you will never walk alone.” – Author Unknown

The Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 4. You can download our 2023 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here. 

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, ‘Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.’” Psalm 89:1-2

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