Putting God First

Are there things in my life that get more fanfare than God does? I’m definitely guilty of talking about & giving things a higher place above God. There are many things throughout my life that I have put before God.  I know things such as food, sleep, books, tv, school, work, etc have been things that I put above God.  I also know that things such as fandoms, cooking/baking, purchasing things, etc have also been placed above God at times.

Some of these things have been recent & others things in the past, but they are all just things.  God has done more for me than any of these things have ever done. So, why do I put things above God?  I would probably say, because they give satisfaction, at least temporarily.

Now I’m not saying that any of these things are necessarily bad, but when placed above God, they become idols in our lives.  They can end up taking the place of God, which isn’t a good thing.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

So, if I put God first & seek after Him & what He wants, then He will give me what my heart desires.  I have always known this, but I don’t always put it into practice or I lose sight of it.  But He knows what I desire & He does give me the desires of my heart.  Some are small desires.  Others are bigger desires.

He also, knows what is good or bad for me.  So He isn’t going to give me something that is bad for me.  Just like a parent, who doesn’t get something for their child, because they know it will only hurt them or not be good for them.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

If part of my heart is with all the things that I want & part of me is seeking God, then I’m not really searching for God.  I’m afraid I won’t get those things.  And really, if I had those things, I would just want more things.  It’s a never-ending cycle.

If I seek Him with all my heart, then I will be satisfied.  He is more than enough.  Only He can truly satisfy me.  There is nothing & no one who can satisfy every part of me.  Only God can do that.  He will never let me down.  I may not always like an answer I get, but even when God says “no”, it is a good thing, because He knows what would happen if He said yes.

The song I have included at the end of the post, to me, is a great representation of what it is like when we let go of all the things we are searching for  & look to God for our satisfaction.

Lord, help me to trust you with my whole heart.  I don’t always do that.  My whole life is yours to do with as you want.  I am not my own.  I was bought at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20).  I need your help to recognize when I’m not seeking you.  Thank you for taking care of me.  Thank you for loving me!  I love you!  I want you to be first in my life & not second to other things.  In Jesus name, Amen!

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